Grey Ships Pass - "Into the West" rewritten from Arwen's point of view

The idea for this came to me almost the first time I heard "Into the West". My first thought was not Frodo, but Arwen. "The ships have come to carry you home." If Arwen were hearing that song, she would doubtless become sorrowful at that line. The ships will never come to carry her home. The white gulls call to her, too, but she will never see them. "You and I will meet again." Her parting with her father was their last parting. They will not meet again, not until the ending of the world when all the Children of Ilúvatar are brought together once more. (I think Arwen had better quit sticking her nose into my inspirations. Arwen dear, please let me write about someone else for a change, eh? Thank you...)

Hold me
As the Sun begins to set
Night is falling
We have come to journey's end
I stay with thee
This is the choice that I have made
Silence the voices calling
From across the distant shore

I still weep
The tears run down my face
Hold tight to me--
All that was known has passed away
Safe in your arms
I quench my grief

What do you see
On the horizon?
Why must the white gulls plead?
Across the Sea
My people, crying
The ships have gone and I am left here

All has gone
Has flowed away
The light has dimmed
Memories fly

Hope fades
Into the world of night
No--through tears I yet remember
Hope stands here by my side
Comfort me
When the parting becomes too much pain
White shores are calling
But I on these shores am bound to stay

And here in your arms
I dry these tears

What do you see
On the horizon?
Why must the white gulls plead?
Across the Sea
My people, crying
The ships have gone and I am left here

And all shall die away
All is doomed to fade
Sunset over water
Grey ships pass
Far into the West

And I am here in your arms
I am here on this shore
And your love sustains me...

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