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Welcome Home

by Marion Hartog

Welcome home! Welcome home!
   No sorrow should destroy
The music of those magic words,
   Whose every tone is joy.
There should be no thought of sadness,
   To jar upon the chords
Of the feelings that are wakened
   By those heart-touching words,
                       Welcome home.

The buried hopes and feelings
   Of youth come back again—<<246>>
Called up by mem'ry's fairy wand,
   They flit across the brain;
They are but homely breathings,
   From affection's secret hoards;
But sweeter for their homeliness,
   Are those love-breathing words,
                        Welcome home.