Bilbo's Last Song

(At the Grey Havens)

J.R.R. Tolkien




Day is ended, dim my eyes,

but journey long before me lies.

Farewell, friends! I hear the call.

The ship’s beside the stony wall.

Foam is white and waves are grey;

beyond the sunset leads my way.

Foam is salt, the wind is free;

I hear the rising of the Sea.


Farewell, friends! The sails are set,

the wind is east, the moorings fret.

Shadows long before me lie,

beneath the ever-bending sky,

but islands lie behind the Sun

that I shall raise ere all is done;

lands there are to west of West,

where night is quiet and sleep is rest.


Guided by the Lonely Star,

beyond the utmost harbour-bar,

I’ll find the havens fair and free,

and beaches of the Starlit Sea.

Ship, my ship! I seek the West,

and fields and mountains ever blest.

Farewell to Middle-earth at last,

I see the Star above your mast!