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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
185. The Suburbs
 
By Enid Derham
 
 
MILES and miles of quiet houses, every house a harbour,
Each for some unquiet soul a haven and a home,
Pleasant fires for winter nights, for sun the trellised arbour,
Earth the solid underfoot, and heaven for a dome.
 
Washed by storms of cleansing rain, and sweetened with affliction,        5
The hidden wells of Love are heard in one low-murmuring voice
That rises from this close-meshed life so like a benediction
That, listening to it, in my heart I almost dare rejoice.
 

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