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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
187. O City, look the Eastward Way
 
By Enid Derham
 
 
O CITY, look the Eastward way!
  Beyond thy roofs of shadowy red and grey
Floats like a lily on the airy stream,
Radiant and vast, a cloud,
Around whose billowy head        5
Splendour from out the glooming West is shed
As if it were not ever to take flight,—
And on its edge of gleam
In the clear blue of waning afternoon,
Faint as a spirit slipping from the shroud,        10
Faint, and yet gathering light,
The Moon.
 
O city, dream and pray!
This is thy evensong at close of day.
 

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