Have Those Happy Moments Left Thee? [poem by Philip Durham Lorimer]

[Editor: This poem by Philip Durham Lorimer was published in Songs and Verses by Philip Durham Lorimer: An Australian Bush Poet, 1901.]

Have Those Happy Moments Left Thee?

Have those happy moments left thee,
When thine hours of life were gay ?
Are they resting, darling — say, love
In the bloom of yesterday ?
Have they left thee, lonely, mateless,
As a fading flower to die ?
Will not some lost Hope awaken
From the tears which Love can dry ?

Have those happy moments left thee,
When thy curls fell round thy face ;
When thine eyes leaped with that wildness
That was mantled with thy grace ?
Have they gone — say, love — for ever ;
Have they whispered their good-bye ?
Has a false heart tried to woo thee
In thine home when passing by ?

Have the moments lost their gladness ?
Have they ceased their leaping joy ?
Hast thou been, in them, their pleasure,
As a worldling’s little toy ?
Did they hold thee, love, too lightly
As a bubble in the air ?
Didst thou then remember, dearest,
I was loving, waiting there ?

Gundagai, November 15, 1892.



Source:
E. A. Petherick (editor). Songs and Verses by Philip Durham Lorimer: An Australian Bush Poet, William Clowes and Sons, London, 1901, pages 135-136

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