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“Over the Past not e'en the gods have power,
SALLY: A STUDY
TALES OF THE OUTSKIRTS
HUGH CLIFFORD, C.M.G.
AUTHOR OF 'STUDIES IN BROWN HUMANITY,' 'BUSH-WHACKING,'
A FREE-LANCE OF TO-DAY,' ETC., ETC.
WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS
EDINBURGH AND LONDON
MY BRETHREN IN MALAYA.
The grim Recording Angel turns the pages of the Book,
And the days are thrust behind us past recall-
In that life we shared together, Brothers all !
While the big, slow river lumbers down to meet the sunlit sea, And the village drones and drowses where the palm-fronds lift
or droop, For the old life glideth onward still—with ne'er a place
In the hut and in the palace, 'mid the rice-fields or the shade Where the vast trees crowding stagger 'neath their load of
fern and vine, In that world of untouched Nature, 'mid the marvels God hath
made, Ye are living on in listlessness the life that once was mine ! Hark! I catch the thud of tom-toms, and the drone of old
The sleepy hum of insects and the rush of startled beastAnd I lack the words to tell you, O my Brothers, how I long
For the glory and the glamour and the wonder of the East /