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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
73. Sweethearts
 
By Mary Gilmore
 
 
IT’S gettin’ bits o’ posies,
  ’N’ feelin’ mighty good;
A-thrillin’ ’cause she loves you,
  An’ wond’rin’ why she should;
 
An’ stoppin’ sort o’ sudden,        5
  Because you’re full o’ thought;
An’ quick with res’less feelin’s
  That make life seem too short!
 
It’s feelin’ ’s if she’d loved you
  Before the world was made;        10
As if she still would love you,
  When all our debts are paid;
 
As if there’s nothin’ mattered,
  As if the world was good,
As if the Lord was lookin’,        15
  An’ sort o’ understood.
 
It’s feelin’ kind an’ gentle
  To everything that’s weak,
And doin’ jus’ sich actions
  As nearly seem to speak;        20
 
Sich actions women reckon
  Are certain to occur
When he’s in love with some one,
  And that some one is—her.
 

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