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Don't Go Where I Can't Follow

' "Frodo, Mr. Frodo!" he called, "Don't leave me here alone! It's your Sam calling. Don't go where I can't follow!..."'

- TTT; 'The Choices of Master Samwise'

Don't go where I can't follow,

do not rove where I can't pass;

let me always trace your footsteps

on the green and dewy grass.

Do not walk a way that blocks me,

do not travel roads with gates;

for I might get locked behind one

and leave you alone to Fate.

Journey not the path of solitude

across the hills and lawns;

let me be always your shadow

as still comes the brilliant dawn.

When walking into danger

let me follow ever still;

for if ever you were threatened

there's no foe I wouldn't kill.

Do not tread the trail of darkness

down a lonely road of doubt;

instead, let me be your guiding star

when all other lights go out.

To divide our paths would be

the cruelest gift that you could give;

for don't you know I'd throw my life away

to see you live?

"Don't you leave him," they once told me,

"I never mean to," I replied;

so don't go where I can't follow,

and let us never say goodbye.