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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
31. Honour
By Ada Cambridge
ME let the world disparage and despise—
  The world, that hugs its soul-corroding chains,
  The world, that spends for such ignoble gains.
Let foe or bigot wrap my name in lies;
Let Justice, blind and maimed and halt, chastise        5
  The rebel-spirit surging in my veins;
  Let the Law deal me penalties and pains;
Let me be outcast in my neighbours’ eyes.
But let me fall not in my own esteem,
  By poor deceit or petty greed debased;        10
    Let me be clean from undetected shame;
Know myself true, though heretic I seem;
  Know myself faithful, howsoe’er disgraced;
    Upright and strong, for all the load of blame.


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