A Living Poet.
He knows the sweet vexation in the strife
Of Love with Time, this Bard who fain would stray
To fairer place beyond the storms of Life,
With astral faces near him day by day.
In deep-mossed dells the mellow waters flow
Which best he loves; for there the echoes, rife
With rich suggestions of his Long Ago,
Astarte! pass with thee. And, far away,
Dear Southern Seasons haunt the dreamy eye:
Spring, flower-zoned, and Summer, warbling low
In tasselled corn, alternate come and go;
While gypsy Autumn, splashed from heel to thigh
With vine-blood, treads the leaves; and, halting nigh,
Wild Winter bends across a beard of snow.
Henry Kendall, Leaves from Australian Forests, Melbourne: George Robertson, 1869, page 110