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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
118. Buffalo Creek
 
By John Le Gay Brereton
 
 
A TIMID child with heart oppressed
  By images of sin,
I slunk into the bush for rest,
  And found my fairy kin.
 
The fire I carried kept me warm:        5
  The friendly air was chill.
The laggards of the lowing storm
Trailed gloom along the hill.
 
I watched the crawling monsters melt
  And saw their shadows wane        10
As on my satin skin I felt
  The fingers of the rain.
 
The sunlight was a golden beer,
  I drank a magic draught;
The sky was clear and, void of fear,        15
  I stood erect and laughed.
 
And sudden laughter, idly free,
  About me trilled and rang,
And love was shed from every tree,
  And little bushes sang.        20
 
The bay of conscience’ bloody hound
  That tears the world apart
Has never drowned the silent sound
  Within my happy heart.
 

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