[Editor: This poem, written by H. A. Burton in honour of Percy Mahoney, was published in The Maryborough Chronicle (Maryborough, Qld.), 14 December 1950. See also: “Early-day sportsman’s death”, an obituary of Percy Mahoney.]
How sad and sudden came the news
That Perce had passed away.
No better friend there ever lived
Up to the present day.
As a driver he was noted,
And at cricket just the same:
A man so true, straightforward,
And always played the game.
He leaves behind a loving wife,
Who cherished him most dear,
And who will miss his kindly help
For many a long, long year.
May God above give comfort now,
And in the Lord confide
Until she meets him once again
Across the Great Divide.
H. A. BURTON.
The Maryborough Chronicle (Maryborough, Qld.), 14 December 1950, p. 8
the Great Divide = (in the context of death) the dividing line, or border, between life and death
Lord = in a religious context, and capitalized, a reference to God or Jesus
Perce = a diminutive form of “Percy”
played the game = past tense of the phrase “play the game”: to act in accordance with the rules of a game; to act in a fair, honest, honorable, just, and moral manner; to act in accordance with (to adhere to, to conform with) the generally accepted and established rules, modes of behavior, conventions, customs, beliefs, and moral standards of society; (in a workplace, organisation, or structured environment) to act in the manner expected by the leadership, a senior person, or a peer group, whether to get by, to keep one’s position, or to achieve some success
vale = farewell, often used with regards to someone who has died; in classical Latin, “ave atque vale” (“hail and farewell”) was a formulaic farewell to the dead