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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
178. Memnon
By Leslie Holdsworth Allen
WHEN I was a burst of thunder
Born on the Nubian cliffs,
And the sands flashed white in wonder,
And in Khem the curious glyphs
Shone out from the cavern-tombs        5
On the huddled bats in the glooms,
’Mid the great stone kings I rumbled
That sit by the river-brinks,
And my sand-clouds eddied and tumbled
Round the old stare of the Sphinx;        10
Then with harsh-throated cries
I burst on Memnon’s eyes.
The force of me made no quiver
In that earth-ancient gaze;
I felt my raging shiver        15
And shrink to desert-haze,
And heard in the dawning gold
The stillness of music old.


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