The Sun is Up [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).]

The Sun is Up

Speak not of Death: it is a merry morn;
A glittering bird has danced into a tree:
From his abundant heart bravely are borne
The loves of leafy choristers to me:
Music is of the sunlight, strong and free . .
The sun is up, and Death is far away:
The first hour is the sweetest of the day.

Blithely a bush boy wanders on a walk —
Shaking with joy, joyous in heart and limb:
For his delight the trees have learned to talk
And all the flowers have little laughs with him
Watching the far sky, wonderful and dim . .
The sun is up, and Death is far away:
The first hour is the sweetest of the day.



Source:
Shaw Neilson, Heart of Spring, Sydney: The Bookfellow, 1919, page 10

Also published in:
John Shaw Neilson (editor: R. H. Croll), Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson, Melbourne: Lothian Publishing Company, 1934 [May 1949 reprint], page 10

[Editor: Corrected the first instance of “death is far” to “Death is far” (in line with the capitalization in the rest of the poem and the capitalization used in the same poem as published in Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson, 1934).]

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