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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
152. The Skull
 
By Mary E. Fullerton
 
 
O BOWL that held the hot imprisoned fire,
Cup where the sacred essence used to burn—
That fluent essence that shall ne’er return—
Old home of Aspiration and Desire:
What art thou now to honour and admire?        5
A thing inconsequential one might spurn,
Thou art not e’en the scattered ashes’ urn;—
Husk of the spirit that shall not expire.
 
Thou cage and shell of ancient busy Thought,
Nurse-house of Soul, the domicile of him        10
Long fled thy osseous walls that Nature wrought
To please proud Time’s caprice and passing whim;
’Twixt two eternities a moment caught,
He rose from thee to join the seraphim.
 

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