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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
122. His Epitaph
 
By Frederick William Ophel
 
 
HE lies here. See the bush
  All grey through grief for him;
Hoar scrub—like ashes cast—
  Sprinkles the valley grim.
 
The salt-bush is his shroud,        5
  Wide skies his only pall,
And in memoriam
  A thousand stamp-heads fall.
 
Gold-lured to death—and yet
  He would have had it so.        10
Say mass, sing requiem
  With the grey bush—and go.
 
Quietly he has found,
  Here in the Golden West,
The long-sought-for at last,        15
  An El Dorado blest.
 

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