To Hannah

Henry Lawson, 1904

      Spirit girl to whom 'twas given
             To revisit scenes of pain,
      From the hell I thought was Heaven
             You have lifted me again;
      Through the world that I inherit,
             Where I loved her ere she died,
      I am walking with the spirit
             Of a dead girl by my side.

      Through my old possessions only
             For a very little while,
      And they say that I am lonely,
             And they pity, but I smile:
      For the brighter side has won me
             By the calmness that it brings,
      And the peace that is upon me
             Does not come of earthly things.

      Spirit girl, the good is in me,
             But the flesh you know is weak,
      And with no pure soul to win me
             I might miss the path I seek;
      Lead me by the love you bore me
             When you trod the earth with me,
      Till the light is clear before me
             And my spirit too is free.