Seager, Alexandrine – November 1914
Shining stars are softly shedding
Now their silv’ry readience bright
Sentinels so silent watching
O’er our sleeping boys to-night
Just a rug, perhaps, or blanket,
‘Twixt them and the dusty ground
Any bundle for a pillow,
That can easily be found.
Few and short the fleeting years since
By their beds, so snowy white,
Lovingly we lingered, as we
Kissed our little chaps, ‘Good-night’
Now the’re men beyond our keeping
Arming for the battlefield:
And for Empire’s stainless honour,
Nobly there the sword to wield.
Soon will oceans roll between us;
Let us while they’re near us still,
Show the pride and love we bear them
Gallant boys at Morphettville.
9 November 1914