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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970). The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse. 1918.

2. Awakening

THE LIGHTS shone down the street

In the long blue close of day:

A boy’s heart beat sweet, sweet,

As it flowered in its dreamy clay.

Beyond the dazzling throng

And above the towers of men

The stars made him long, long,

To return to their light again.

They lit the wondrous years

And his heart within was gay;

But a life of tears, tears,

He had won for himself that day.