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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
47. Spring in New Zealand
 
By Hubert Church
 
 
THOU wilt come with suddenness,
  Like a gull between the waves,
Or a snowdrop that doth press
  Through the white shroud on the graves;
Like a love too long withheld,        5
That at last has over-welled.
 
What if we have waited long,
  Brooding by the Southern Pole,
Where the towering icebergs throng,
  And the inky surges roll:        10
What can all their terror be
When thy fond winds compass thee?
 
They shall blow through all the land
  Fragrance of thy cloudy throne,
Underneath the rainbow spanned        15
  Thou wilt enter in thine own,
And the glittering earth shall shine
Where thy footstep is divine.
 

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