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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
125. Five Prayers
 
By Blanche Edith Baughan
 
 
TO taste
  Wild wine of the mountain-spring, fresh, living, strong,
  Running and rushing like a triumph-song
    Round hearts new-braced:
 
To smell        5
  A growing cowslip, some glad morn of Spring,
  And breathe the breath of every fragrant thing
    From every bell:
 
To touch
  A sliding wavelet, supple, smooth and thin,—        10
  Just ere the pois’d and perfect crests begin
    To bend too much:
 
To hear
  Amid May twilight, by the murmuring sea,
  Some blackbird warbling from a budded tree,        15
    Tender and clear:
 
To see
  Down young rose-petals how the deepening light
  Glides gradually, till, somewhere out of sight,
    What light must be!—        20
 
O Thou, intense
  Rapture of Beauty! All-pervading Lord!
  Is not this worship? So art Thou ador’d
    By every sense!
 

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