[Editor: This poem by Philip Durham Lorimer was published in Songs and Verses by Philip Durham Lorimer: An Australian Bush Poet, 1901.]
Dawn Upon Me In Thy Beauty
Dawn upon me in thy beauty,
Let its radiance freely shine,
That thy love my heart may quicken
Till in flowers it answers thine !
Come to me in slumbers, darling,
Tender, gracious, fond and free ;
Cherished idol of my bosom,
Hear my song — it’s all for thee !
Take me as thou foundst me, darling,
In the circle of my dreams,
When thy beauty was as moonlight
That upon the ocean gleams,
When my slumber broke in visions,
And I saw thee bright and fair,
With thy gentle arms extending
And thy crown of golden hair !
Cootamundra, October 14, 1895.
E. A. Petherick (editor). Songs and Verses by Philip Durham Lorimer: An Australian Bush Poet, William Clowes and Sons, London, 1901, page 152