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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 2 (June 1, 1929.)


page 48


East's petal lips
Kiss Waking Day;
Night's crystal gems
Deck bud and spray,
Pearl-emblems of her love that hold
The Starlight's purest ray.
In modesty
Night's Sentinel
Has dropt his cowl.
The Mist's dispel,
The Sun's red glory blazes forth,
Flame-shafted, o'er the fell.
With throat athrob,
By bush and brake,
Rayish'd to song
The birds awake;
Where shadowed pines reflected lie
In umber-miraged Lake.
Mako1 rings soft
His bronzed gong;
The Tui's harp
Vibrates in song,
Beneath a bowl of lacquered blue
Gold-damasks drift along.
In amber drowned,
The Kowhais gleam
As points of flame.
Burnished Kotare 2, arrow-gem,
Flashes a jewel-dream.

1 Bell-bird.

2 Kingfisher.