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Vonda Stanley's collection of early Australian bush poems

THE SILK OF THE SUNLIGHT

Put away beauty,

Bury it deep,

Never to awaken

Out of its sleep!

Gold of her hair and

Rose of her skin,

Silk of the sunlight,

Find their last inn.

Where by the fountain

Pines her lone bird,

What if her spirit

Whispering stirred?

Silent forever!

Ah, never more

Will she, impatient

Tap at the door!

Cold, cold the hand

That led her away:

Housed but in memory

Laughter and play!

Gold of her hair and

Rose of her skin,

Out of the darkness

Come no more in.

Mary Gilmore  1865 - 1962 

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