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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
147. Summer
 
By Johannes Carl Andersen
 
 
AND sleeps thy heart when flower and tree
  Adorn the summer stillness?
And did young Spring pass over thee
  In chillness?
 
Their scent delights and pleases,        5
  On petalled breezes blown,
But in their beauty freezes
  Thine own.
 
The flower awakes, the tree is leafed,
  Yet love in thee is dumb,—        10
Flowers fall, fruits ripen, corn is sheafed,
  Ho! Winter’s cold will come.
 
When wakens some November morn
  Dew-soft, around thee brightly,
And blossoms on the grey hawthorn        15
  Lie whitely,
 
Come thou, thy bosom beating,
  And learn, through new-found bliss,
No time so joyous, fleeting,
  As this.        20
 
Come thou, with shadows in thine eyes,
  And singing in thy heart,
And learn, ’mid trees, with flowers and skies,
  How young and dear thou art.
 

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