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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
186. Farewell
 
By Enid Derham
 
 
I LEAVE the world to-morrow,—
  What news for Fairyland?
I’m tired of dust and sorrow
  And folk on every hand.
 
A moon more calm and splendid        5
  Moves there through deeper skies,
By maiden stars attended
  She peaces goddes-wise.
 
And there no wrath oppresses,
  And there no teardrops start,        10
There cool winds breathe caresses,
  That soothe the weary heart.
 
The wealth the mad world follows
  Turns ashes in the hand
Of him who sees the hollows        15
  And glades of Fairyland.
 
And pine boughs sigh no sorrow
  Where fairy rotas play,—
I leave the world to-morrow
  For ever and a day.        20
 

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