William Henry Ogilvie

Here you will find the Poem The Bush, My Lover of poet William Henry Ogilvie

The Bush, My Lover

The camp-fire gleams resistance 
To every twinkling star; 
The horse-bells in the distance 
Are jangling faint and far; 
Through gum-boughs torn and lonely 
The passing breezes sigh; 
In all the world are only 
My star-crowned Gove and I. 

The still night wraps Macquarie; 
The white moon, drifting slow, 
Takes back her silver glory 
From watching waves below; 
To dalliance I give over 
Though half the world may chide, 
And clasp my one true Lover 
Here on Macquarie side. 

The loves of earth grow olden 
Or kneel at some new shrine; 
Her locks are always golden- 
This brave Bush-Love of mine; 
And for her star-lit beauty, 
And for her dawns dew-pearled, 
Her name in love and duty 
I guard against the world. 

They curse her desert places! 
How can they understand 
Who know not what her face is 
And never held her handy- 
Who may have heard the meeting 
Of boughs the wind has stirred, 
Yet missed the whispered greeting 
Our listening hearts have heard. 

For some have travelled over 
The long miles at her side, 
Yet claimed her not as Lover 
Nor thought of her as Bride: 
And some have followed after 
Through sun and mist for years, 
Nor held the sunshine laughter, 
Nor guessed the raindrops tears. 

And if her droughts are bitter, 
Her dancing mirage vain- 
Are all things gold that glitter? 
What pleasure but hath pain? 
And since among Love's blisses 
Love's penalties must live, 
Shall we not take her kisses, 
And, taking them, forgive? 

The winds of Dawn are roving 
The river-oaks astir . . . 
What heart were torn of loving 
That had no I've but her? 
Till last red stars are lighted 
And last winds wander West, 
Her troth and mine are plighted- 
The lover I love best!