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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 4. April 7th, 1948

Song for 22 March 1948

Song for 22 March 1948

Real to us
the trivial college move of nescient men;
so simple
where death is no more than stranger
quietly platitudin(B.B.C.)ous echo through the seas.

Real to us,
to mock-afraid of gathering storms
which hammer
slightly on our stately little cottaged
chattered lives. So simple the obsequies

of Masaryk
who toyed with Prague, and then that grimmer
haggard fall
this day to small-town shabby faiths.
So very simple to us who are not there now.

Robert W. Burchfield.