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John Shaw Neilson

(22 February 1872 – 12 May 1942 / Penola, South Australia)

Love's Coming


QUIETLY as rosebuds
Talk to thin air,
Love came so lightly
I knew not he was there.

Quietly as lovers
Creep at the middle noon,
Softly as players tremble
In the tears of a tune;

Quietly as lilies
Their faint vows declare,
Came the shy pilgrim:
I knew not he was there.

Quietly as tears fall
On a wild sin,
Softly as griefs call
In a violin;

Without hail or tempest,
Blue sword or flame,
Love came so lightly
I knew not that he came.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004
Edited: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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