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I sat on the wharf one evening, .. : The fish in the stream leapt high; Orion's shining armour ' Hung low in the western sky. I sat on the wharf one evening And looked on the eastern range, ' • Of hills, like tall masqueraders • ■ Disguised in their costume strange. While the well-known goldfields' music - Fell pleasantly on the ear, - The rhythmic beat of the stampers From batteries far and near., I watched from the wharf one evening •~ , -Till the silver moon was seen, the Gentl^ Annie • And the Una hill between. Wakingvisions of days vanished, Ere the pakeha came here; Only the moon and the mountain " "Unchanged thro' each changing year. Only the moon and the moreporks Are now as they used to be, When the echoes weirdly answered . To Ngatipo's revelry. I gazed on the calm Hauraki That bore on her heaving breast The hera of a hundred fights Long since. But he is at rest. Those lights to northward gleaming Alternately red and blue, Shine from our Eotomahana And not from a war canoe. Then .down on the wharf that evening We chatted right merrily ■ Of men and women in plain prose, Without hint of poesie. Yet down en the wharf that evening, Thus our complex nature wrought In hearing, seeing, and speaking; ' While hoarding a heart-deep thought. Buried adown like the rich ore, Which the trolls alone may view 5 Far too deep for the diamond drill x Let it screw, and screw, and screw! M. A. Sinclair. Queen street Thames.

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ON THE WHARF., Thames Star, Volume xxvi, Issue 8023, 22 April 1895

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ON THE WHARF. Thames Star, Volume xxvi, Issue 8023, 22 April 1895

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