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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
203. Mater Dolorosa
By Elliott Napier
JUST as of yore the friendly rain
  Patters its old and frank refrain;
  Just as of yore the world swings by
  The little window where I lie
Watching the shadows wax and wane.        5
I see, beyond the Aegean main,
His cross upon the grave-scarred plain—
  Yet still the dawn-flush climbs the sky,
    Just as of yore!
His cross—and mine! They try in vain        10
With careful phrase to stanch the pain;
  They say, ‘A hero’s death!’ But I
  Long only for his footstep nigh;
Long only for my boy again,
    Just as of yore!        15


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