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Elvish Poem: Athelas


Original English by J. R. R. Tolkien

Ir i thûl vorn thuia
A nguruthos gala
A galadath gwannar
Tolo athelas! Tolo athelas!
Cuil ‘ni phin firiel
Min gam aran hadhel!

When the black breath blows
And death’s shadow grows
And all lights pass,
Come athelas! Come athelas!
Life to the dying
In the king’s hand lying!

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