To Hannah

Original Text: 
Henry Lawson, When I was King and Other Verses (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1906): 182-83. x.908/578
2    To revisit scenes of pain,
3From the hell I thought was Heaven
4    You have lifted me again;
5Through the world that I inherit,
6    Where I loved her ere she died,
7I am walking with the spirit
8    Of a dead girl by my side.
9Through my old possessions only
10    For a very little while,
11And they say that I am lonely,
12    And they pity, but I smile:
13For the brighter side has won me
14    By the calmness that it brings,
15And the peace that is upon me
16    Does not come of earthly things.
17Spirit girl, the good is in me,
18    But the flesh you know is weak,
19And with no pure soul to win me
20    I might miss the path I seek;
21Lead me by the love you bore me
22    When you trod the earth with me,
23Till the light is clear before me
24    And my spirit too is free.

Notes

1] Hannah Thornburn, with whom Henry Lawson fell in love about 1898 and who died June 1, 1902 (Collected Verse, ed. Colin Roderick [Sydney: Angus and Robertson]: II, 369, 376). Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1904
Publication Notes: 
As "Spirit Girl," Bulletin; See Stone, 11
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 2001.
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