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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
44. Perdita
 
By James Hebblethwaite
 
 
THE SEA-COAST of Bohemia
Is pleasant to the view
When singing larks spring from the grass
To fade into the blue,
And all the hawthorn hedges break        5
In wreaths of purest snow,
And yellow daffodils are out,
And roses half in blow.
 
The sea-coast of Bohemia
Is sad as sad can be,        10
The prince has ta’en our flower of maids
Across the violet sea;
Our Perdita has gone with him,
No more we dance the round
Upon the green in joyous play,        15
Or wake the tabor’s sound.
 
The sea-coast of Bohemia
Has many wonders seen,
The shepherd lass wed with a king,
The shepherd with a queen;        20
But such a wonder as my love
Was never seen before,
It is my joy and sorrow now
To love her evermore.
 
The sea-coast of Bohemia        25
Is haunted by a light
Of memory fair of lady’s eyes,
And fame of gallant knight;
The princes seek its charmèd strand,
But ah, it was our knell        30
When o’er the sea our Perdita
Went with young Florizel.
 
The sea-coast of Bohemia
Is not my resting-place,
For with her waned from out the day        35
A beauty and a grace:
O had I kissed her on the lips
I would no longer weep,
But live by that until the day
I fall to shade and sleep.        40
 

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