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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
17. A Song of Autumn
By Adam Lindsay Gordon
‘WHERE shall we go for our garlands glad
  At the falling of the year,
When the burnt-up banks are yellow and sad,
  When the boughs are yellow and sere?
Where are the old ones that once we had,        5
  And when are the new ones near?
What shall we do for our garlands glad
  At the falling of the year?’
‘Child! can I tell where the garlands go?
  Can I say where the lost leaves veer        10
On the brown-burnt banks, when the wild winds blow,
  When they drift through the dead-wood drear?
Girl! when the garlands of next year glow,
  You may gather again, my dear—
But I go where the last year’s lost leaves go        15
  At the falling of the year.’


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