Recording: Goblin Feet by J.R.R. Tolkien

Just saw this Librivox recording of an early J.R.R. Tolkien poem over at SFFRadio
You can
download the MP3
of the file directly from the
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that also contains short works of Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Dorothy L Sayers, CS Lewis, William Faulkner, Kahlil Gibran, DH Lawrence, Robert Graves, and Ernest Hemingway.

Goblin Feet by J.R.R. Tolkien

I AM off down the road
 Where the fairy lanterns glowed
And the little pretty flittermice are flying :
 A slender band of grey
 It runs creepily away
And the hedges and the grasses are a-sighing.
 The air is full of wings,
 And of blundering beetle-things
That warn you with their whirring and their humming.
 O ! I hear the tiny horns
 Of enchanted leprechauns
And the padding feet of many gnomes a-coming !

O ! the lights : O ! the gleams : O ! the little tinkly sounds :
 O ! the rustle of their noiseless little robes :
O ! the echo of their feet — of their little happy feet :
 O ! their swinging lamps in little starlit globes.

 I must follow in their train
 Down the crooked fairy lane
Where the coney-rabbits long ago have gone,
 And where silverly they sing
 In a moving moonlit ring
All a-twinkle with the jewels they have on.
 They are fading round the turn
 Where the glow-worms palely burn

And the echo of their padding feet is dying !
 O ! it’s knocking at my heart —
 Let me go ! O ! let me start !
For the little magic hours are all a-flying.

O ! the warmth ! O ! the hum ! O ! the colours in the dark !
 O ! the gauzy wings of golden honey-flies !
O ! the music of their feet — of their dancing goblin feet !
 O ! the magic ! O ! the sorrow when it dies.

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