[Editor: This poem by Philip Durham Lorimer was published in Songs and Verses by Philip Durham Lorimer: An Australian Bush Poet, 1901.]
When years have left their lasting trace
Of sorrow on my brow,
And ’neath accumulating cares
My spirit has to bow, —
Then take this carte, and oh ! forget
Me in my troubled hour,
And smile on it as once thou didst.
When smiles indeed had power.
We’ve parted — yet as friends we meet,
And love encircles still
Thy brow with wreaths of loveliness,
With charms that come at will.
The chain is broken — yet the spell
Of brightest visions flown
Rests on my bosom in my dreams,
And leaves thee there alone ;
While Midnight, in her silent hour,
With dreams enshrouding me.
Hastes on their wings to lighten grief
And gladden memory.
Sydney, December 15, 1870.
E. A. Petherick (editor). Songs and Verses by Philip Durham Lorimer: An Australian Bush Poet, William Clowes and Sons, London, 1901, page 80