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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
65. The Crazy World
By William Gay
THE WORLD did say to me,
  ‘My bread thou shalt not eat,
I have no place for thee
  In house nor field nor street.
‘I have on land nor sea        5
  For thee nor home nor bread,
I scarce can give to thee
  A grave when thou art dead.’
‘O crazy World,’ said I,
  ‘What is it thou canst give,        10
Which wanting, I must die,
  Or having, I shall live?
‘When thou thy all hast spent,
  And all thy harvests cease,
I still have nutriment        15
  That groweth by decrease.
‘Thy streets will pass away,
  Thy towers of steel be rust,
Thy heights to plains decay,
  Thyself be wandering dust;        20
‘But I go ever on
  From prime to endless prime,
I sit on Being’s throne,
  A lord o’er space and time.
‘Then, crazy World,’ said I,        25
  ‘What is it thou canst give,
Which wanting, I must die,
  Or having, I shall live?’


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