Old Violin [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Heart of Spring (1919) and Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).]

Old Violin

Speak not to me, old violin!
Mock not this heart of mine!
Thou mummy with the glistening skin
Speak not to me, old violin!
For the dead men have shadows thin,
And all their sobs are thine —
Speak not to me, old violin!
Mock not this heart of mine!



Source:
Shaw Neilson, Heart of Spring, The Bookfellow, Sydney, 1919, page 39

Also published in:
John Shaw Neilson (editor: R. H. Croll), Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson, Lothian Publishing Company, Melbourne, 1934 [May 1949 reprint], page 35

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