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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
138. The Pleiades
 
By Arthur Adams
 
 
LAST night I saw the Pleiades again,
  Faint as a drift of steam
    From some tall chimney-stack;
And I remembered you as you were then:
  Awoke dead worlds of dream,        5
    And Time turned slowly back.
 
I saw the Pleiades through branches bare,
  And close to mine your face
    Soft glowing in the dark;
For Youth and Hope and Love and You were there        10
  At our dear trysting-place
    In that bleak London park.
 
And as we kissed the Pleiades looked down
  From their immeasurable
    Aloofness in cold Space.        15
Do you remember how a last leaf brown
  Between us flickering fell
    Soft on your upturned face?
 
Last night I saw the Pleiades again,
  Here in the alien South,        20
    Where no leaves fade at all;
And I remembered you as you were then,
  And felt upon my mouth
    Your leaf-light kisses fall!
 
The Pleiades remember and look down        25
  On me made old with grief,
    Who then a young god stood,
When you—now lost and trampled by the Town,
  A lone wind-driven leaf,—
    Were young and sweet and good!        30
 

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