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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
6. Words
By Charles Harpur
WORDS are deeds. The words we hear
May revolutionize or rear
A mighty state. The words we read
May be a spiritual deed
Excelling any fleshly one,        5
As much as the celestial sun
Transcends a bonfire, made to throw
A light upon some raree-show.
A simple proverb tagged with rhyme
May colour half the course of time;        10
The pregnant saying of a sage
May influence every coming age;
A song in its effects may be
More glorious than Thermopylae,
And many a lay that schoolboys scan        15
A nobler feat than Inkerman.


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