When I was King and Other Verses

To Hannah


Henry Lawson

SPIRIT GIRL to whom ’twas given
    To revisit scenes of pain,
From the hell I thought was Heaven
    You have lifted me again;
Through the world that I inherit,
    Where I loved her ere she died,
I am walking with the spirit
    Of a dead girl by my side.

Through my old possessions only
    For a very little while,
And they say that I am lonely,
    And they pity, but I smile:
For the brighter side has won me
    By the calmness that it brings,
And the peace that is upon me
    Does not come of earthly things.

Spirit girl, the good is in me,
    But the flesh you know is weak,
And with no pure soul to win me
    I might miss the path I seek;
Lead me by the love you bore me
    When you trod the earth with me,
Till the light is clear before me
    And my spirit too is free.

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