A Vagabond Heart [poem by Grant Hervey]

[Editor: This poem by Grant Hervey was published in Australians Yet and Other Verses, 1913.]

A Vagabond Heart

There are vagabond lovers a-wander
Out there where the stars seem to ponder,
As they shine in the sky’s curving dome ;
There are hearts that have strayed from their keepers,
There are watchers, and waiters, and weepers,
Who repeat in their breasts, “He will come !”
And there’s joy, and lip-lifting, and gladness —
O, there’s ending of tearflow and sadness —
When a Vagabond Heart cometh home !

When a heart cometh back from the far world
There’s a flush and a gleam in the star world,
And the winds murmur soft in the gloam.
And the fern-fronds and trees grow them greener —
O, the creek babbles onward serener
When an old face returns from the foam !
There’s a shining of eyes and a glisten ;
O, the flowers seem to sing if you listen
When a Vagabond Heart cometh home !

Grant Hervey. Australians Yet and Other Verses, Thomas C. Lothian, Melbourne, 1913, page 32

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