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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Oceanica: Vol. XXXI.  1876–79.
 
Australia: Illa Creek
Illa Creek
Henry Kendall (1839–1882)
 
(Excerpt)

A STRONG sea-wind flies up and sings
  Across the blown-wet border,
Whose stormy echo runs and rings
  Like bells in wild disorder.
 
Fierce breath hath vext the foreland’s face,        5
  It glistens, glooms, and glistens;
But deep within this quiet place
  Sweet Illa lies and listens.
 
Sweet Illa of the shining sands,
  She sleeps in shady hollows        10
Where August flits with flowerful hands
  And silver Summer follows.
 
Far up the naked hills is heard
  A noise of many waters;
But green-haired Illa lies unstirred        15
  Amongst her star-like daughters.
 
The tempest pent in moaning ways
  Awakes the shepherd yonder;
But Illa dreams, unknown to days
  Whose wings are wind and thunder.        20
 
Here fairy hands and floral feet
  Are brought by bright October;
Here stained with grapes, and smit with heat,
  Comes Autumn sweet and sober.
 
Here lovers rest, what time the red        25
  And yellow colors mingle,
And daylight droops with dying head
  Beyond the western dingle.
 
And here, from month to month, the time
  Is kissed by Peace and Pleasure,        30
While Nature sings her woodland rhyme
  And hoards her woodland treasure.
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