Harbour Lights by Louise Mack

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Do you remember, happily,
   How we watched the harbour lights,
Fascinated with their beauty,
   Spell-bound in the perfumed nights?

Gleaming from the moonlit hill,
   Yellow lights like tigers' eyes,
Reflecting in the waters still
   Drowning 'neath the breezes sighs.

While far on high the Pleiads lean,
   Twinkling to our mortal stars,
Stars of ruby, and emerald green,
   From anchor'd ships in the harbour bar.

Ships that dream in sleeping bays,
   Barges that creep from shore to shore,
Musing on secret ocean ways
   And pale sands where the breakers roar.

O, lovely silent harbour lights,
   From dusk to dawn you flame and gleam,
Burning jewels for the sombre night,
   Enraptured in some love-long dream.

First published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 November 1925

Author reference sites: Austlit, Australian Dictionary of Biography

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