When the Light is as Darkness

Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant 1864 (Bridgwater, Somerset) – 1902 (Pretoria)



The morning-tide is fair and bright,
   With golden sun up-springing;
The cedars glowed in the new-born light,
   And the bell-bird's note was ringing;
While diamonds dropped by dusky Night,
   Were yet to the gidyas clinging.
 
The morning waned - the sun rose high
   O'erhead, until 'twas seeming
But a dazzling disc, and the fiery sky
   Like an opal sea was gleaming;
And languorous flowers - of morn gone by,
   And coming eve - fell dreaming.
 
And now the moon above does creep
   To laugh at red Sol sinking;
While wakening from their sunlit sleep,
   A few wan stars are blinking,
And thirsty, drooping flowers deep
   Of evening dews are drinking.
 
The birds will soon their carols cease,
   And crows are homeward hieing;
The gloaming deepens, stars increase,
   The weary day is dying -
Its requiem, murmurous of peace,
   The vesper winds are, sighing.
 
This night is near!  Are you waiting friend,
   That Night? - we're drawing nigh it -
When we to the Restful Land shall wend,
   And leave life's feverish riot -
When the gods to each tired soul shall send
   Eternal, dreamless quiet.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 27, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABABAB CBCBCB DBDBDB EBEBEB FXFGFG
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,079
Words 187
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 6, 6, 6

Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant

Harry "Breaker" Harbord Morant (born Edwin Henry Murrant, 9 December 1864 – 27 February 1902) was an Anglo-Australian drover, horseman, bush poet and military officer, who was convicted and executed for murder during the Second Anglo-Boer War. While serving with the Bushveldt Carbineers during the Second Anglo-Boer War, Lieutenant Morant was arrested and court-martialed for war crimes—one of the first such prosecutions in British military history. According to military prosecutors, Morant retaliated for the death in combat of his commanding officer with a series of revenge killings against both Boer POWs and many civilian residents of the Northern Transvaal. more…

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