[Editor: This poem by L. E. Homfray was published in The Albury Banner, and Wodonga Express (Albury, NSW), 13 June 1924.]
My Wish For Thee.
Dear child! May Sorrow never place
His heavy hand upon thy brow;
In years to come may Time behold
Thy tranquil face as pure as now.
May He in whom we live and move,
To whom we look for sun and rain,
Give thee as much of earthly good
As soul sincere can well sustain.
And rich or poor, whate’er thou be,
However long or short thy span;
May’st thou by all be justly deemed
An honest and an upright man.
And when thy span of life is o’er,
E’en when thy destined race is run,
May’st thou be comforted to hear
Thy Master’s gracious words, “Well done!”
The Albury Banner, and Wodonga Express (Albury, NSW), 13 June 1924, p. 13
e’en = (archaic) a contraction of “even”
He = in a religious context, and capitalized, a reference to Jesus or God
Master = in a religious context, and capitalized, a reference to Jesus or God
may’st = (archaic) may (also spelt “mayest”, “mayst”)
o’er = (archaic) over (pronounced the same as “oar”, “or”, and “ore”)
thee = (archaic) you
thou = (archaic) you
thy = (archaic) your
whate’er = (vernacular) an archaic contraction of “whatever”
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