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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
72. The Dreamer
 
By David Macdonald Ross
 
 
WHO seeks the shore where dreams outpour
  Their floods in Slumber Seas
Lives all night long within a song
  Of murmuring mysteries.
 
Where stars are lit above the pit        5
  That holds the hollow dark,
Into their dawn he shall sail on
  In an enchanted barque.
 
He shall not fear tho’ in his ear
  The thrusting cranks of Time,        10
Thro’ blaze and gloom, with crash and boom,
  Ring in tremendous rhyme,
 
Beyond the cloud that doth enshroud
  Saturn with beauteous bands,
Where at the knees of Hyades        15
  Creation claps her hands.
 
He shall bow low to God and know
  Keen sorrow and delight,
The day’s full pride and eventide,
  The inmost thoughts of night.        20
 
Into their calm white waves of balm
  His soul shall plunge and swim,
Past silver-globed full moons unrobed
  That float round Heaven’s rim.
 
He shall bow low to God and know        25
  God, and be known of Him;
He shall surprise within the skies
  The watching Seraphim.
 
He shall be known about the Throne
  When names are named above,        30
As one redeemed through dreams he dreamed—
  As one Beloved of Love.
 

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