The Complete Poetical Works of William Gay , ed. J. Glen Oliphant (Melbourne: Thomas C. Lothian, 1911): 78-79. Internet Archive. Sydney Electronic Text and Image Service (SETIS), digital text sponsored by AustLit: http://setis.library.usyd.edu.au/oztexts
1They shine upon my table there,
2 A constellation mimic, sweet,
3No stars in Heaven could shine more fair,
4 Nor Earth has beauty more complete;
5And on my table there they shine,
6 And speak to me of things Divine.
7In Heaven at first they grew, and when
8 God could no fairer make them, He
9Did plant them by the ways of men
10 For all the pure in heart to see,
11That each might shine upon its stem
12 And be a light from Him to them.
13They speak of things above my verse,
14 Of thoughts no earthly language knows,
15That loftiest bard could ne'er rehearse,
16 Nor holiest prophet e'er disclose,
17Which God Himself no other way
18 Than by a primrose could convey.
RPO poem Editors:
Cameron La Follette