AT THE RIVER-CROSSING by Harry ("Breaker") Morant

Oh! the quiet river-crossing
   Where we twain were wont to ride,
Where the wanton winds were to sing
   Willow branches o'er the tide.

There the golden noon would find us Dallying through the summer day, All the waery world behind us - All it's tumult far away.
Oh! thoe rides across the crossing Where the shallow stream runs wide, When the sunset's beams were glossing Strips of sand on either side.
We would cross the sparkling river On the brown horse and the bay; Watch the willows sway and shiver And their trembling shadows play.
When the opal tints waxed duller And a gray crept o'er the skies Yet there stayed the blue sky's color In your dreamy dark-blue eyes.
How the sun-god's bright caresses, When we rode at sunet there, Plaited among your braided tresses, Gleaming on your silky hair.
When the last sunlight's glory Faded off the sandy bars, There we learnt the old, old story, Riding homeward 'neat the stars.
'Tis a memory to be hoarded - Oh, the follish tale and fond! Till another stream be forded - And we reach the Great Beyond.

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