"The longer they lay in the silence the sweeter it held them, a tender mother rocking her baby in arms of darkest night. Sleep pressed heavy on Charlotte's eyes as she listened to the nothingness around them...Lad grunted and laid aside his harp, leaning against his rock. Charlotte pushed away an overwhelming desire for sleep just long enough to listen to the song he started in soft, wishing tones...'Tis past tomorrow, and almost todayAnd home is so close yet far away.Past is gone, yet Now’s not comeAnd the heart is full while the lips are dumb.Night has aged, fair morn is afarAnd through the trees peep moon and star.The hour has faded, the minute is youngAnd Mem’ry her runic song has sung."
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~From The Scarlet-Gypsy Song by Rachel Heffington