Muse-Haunted by Hugh McCrae

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He heard (and dreamed AEolus, on
   The moon's gold horn, was blowing)
The music of far Helicon
   A-down Parnassus flowing.

And, with that strange sad ecstasy
   Of men, who, slowly sailing,
Behold a mermaid in the sea,
   Below their lantern-railing.

Spark like a star within the wave --
   So he, with yearning, listened,
while high above his shad'wy cave
   The eye of Venus glistened.

The hawk, entowered in the sky
   The lonely lord of Heaven,
At day-break saw him solit'ry;
   And yet again at even.

First published in The Bulletin, 23 September 1909;
and later in
From the Ballads to Brennan edited by T. Inglis Moore, 1964.

Author reference sites: Austlit, Australian Dictionary of Biography

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