Poem: "Aye Atque Vale" by Mary Hannay Foott


One last salute; and then the long farewell!
   Sad silence of the Old Man Eloquent!
   The Soul, expatriate, strikes its time-bleached tent,
Departing, in the Farther Land to dwell.

Not flawless, it may be, the record stands --   
   He was but mortal. Yet, true Citizen,
   All his long life he served, with speech and pen,   
His Country, not himself; and with clean hands,
   Empty of lucre, he waves Adieu to men.

First published in The Queenslander, 2 May 1896

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