Words [poem by Charles Harpur]

[Editor: A poem by Charles Harpur.]


Words are deeds. The words we hear
May revolutionize or rear
A mighty state. The words we read
May be a spiritual deed
Excelling any fleshly one,
As much as the celestial sun
Transcends a bonfire, made to throw
A light upon some raree-show.
A simple proverb tagged with rhyme
May colour half the course of time ;
The pregnant saying of a sage
May influence every coming age ;
A song in its effects may be
More glorious than Thermopylae,
And many a lay that schoolboys scan
A nobler feat than Inkerman.

Charles Harpur. Poems, George Robertson, Melbourne, 1883, pages 179-180

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