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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 13. September 24, 1947

Dawn Secret

Dawn Secret

All things precious, original, rare, strange,
Every rich relic of a once delicate dusk,
Whatever is fragrant, anointed, fabulously old.
Every immutable material
Lies tumbled in brimming baskets,
Huddles under archways with midsummer madness,
Looks up to heaven with nimble-fingered joy.

In the dim green dawn the past slips her glad
Hand unseen into ours, her beauteous eyes
Move in and out of our talk.
We partake a little of their brilliance
In the stealth of the warm spring air
But then alas! our strangers' eyes of grey
Grow sad and humble before the coming day.