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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
67. Stars
By Dowell O’Reilly
WILD eyes—and faces ashen grey
  That strain through lofty prison bars
  To see the everlasting stars,
Then turn—to slumber as we may:
Even as we are, so are they,        5
  And here is peace for all who know
  The stars still follow where we go,
When heaven and earth have passed away.
Obedient to the Unknown Power,
  From out the ruin of a world        10
  A clustered galaxy is hurled
To glimmer through its steadfast hour:
The blazing sun of Shakespeare’s soul
  Shattered to star-dust, fills again
  With meteor-flights the immortal brain        15
That seeks a yet more splendid goal;
And still a voice—that now is ours—
  Repeats for aye the unknown word
  That thrilled the heart of beast and bird,
Ere man had learned to love the flowers.        20


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