[Editor: This poem by Philip Durham Lorimer was published in Songs and Verses by Philip Durham Lorimer: An Australian Bush Poet, 1901. This poem is listed separately in the contents of the book, although it appears within the biographical section, from which the following text has been extracted.]
[God’s Language to Man]
At Rutherglen he had a vision of a troubled woman’s face and composed ‘Ethel’ (afterwards printed at Moss Vale), as well as ‘God’s Language to Man’ from which the following lines are taken:—
“Every event of the world —
Its roar, its hush, and its calm —
Is a syllable uttered by God
Who holds the wide earth in His palm ;
While epochs, when closing their flight.
Are each a sentence complete
Of His omnipotent Will
Unravelled beneath His feet ;
While earth, with its history past
Of ages and ages flown.
Has revealed the great God Himself
On His everlasting throne.”
E. A. Petherick (editor). Songs and Verses by Philip Durham Lorimer: An Australian Bush Poet, William Clowes and Sons, London, 1901, page 29