[Editor: This poem by Philip Durham Lorimer was published in Songs and Verses by Philip Durham Lorimer: An Australian Bush Poet, 1901.]
Give me now thy morning blushes,
Tender be thy fond embrace,
Let the beauty now entrance me
Of thy young and lovely face !
Like the dewdrop of the dawning,
Be as pure and full of light ;
Like the rosebud underneath it,
Be as beautiful to sight !
Let no rising cloud alarm us,
Be to each a treasure true ;
Love is ever bound the strongest
When ’tis pledged ’neath skies of blue !
Waking, I have found beside me
Thee a pearl of purest ray ;
Be thou now and ever, darling,
My fair guide through life’s dark day !
Gumin Gumin, July 3, 1888.
E. A. Petherick (editor). Songs and Verses by Philip Durham Lorimer: An Australian Bush Poet, William Clowes and Sons, London, 1901, page 112