SURPRISED by joy--impatient as the Wind
I turned to share the transport--Oh! with whom
But Thee, deep buried in the silent tomb,
That spot which no vicissitude can find?
Love, faithful love, recalled thee to my mind--
But how could I forget thee? Through what power,
Even for the least division of an hour,
Have I been so beguiled as to be blind
To my most grievous loss?--That thought's return
Was the worst pang that sorrow ever bore,
Save one, one only, when I stood forlorn,
Knowing my heart's best treasure was no more;
That neither present time, nor years unborn
Could to my sight that heavenly face restore. LULLABY
It seems I held you in my arms
For such a little while
Each hour that I carried you
Imprinted on my heart.
My children, will you ever know
The hurt I feel inside?
The yearning goes on endlessly-
It's tearing me apart.
So let me sing your lullaby
Although I sing alone,
Let me dream I'm with you just a while
Please, let me close my eyes and hear
Your voices once again,
Echoing across those endless miles. I'll always remember you
How do I say "Goodbye"?
How do I let you go?
And, where do I send you to,
If once you leave my heart?
How do I forgive you?
And, do I really know
What to do with all
The pieces torn apart?
How can I still keep you
And touch your memory…
To conjure in my mind
The sweetest smile?
My friend, how do I hold the strands
And weave into my heart
The colours of the love in you
And of a broken child?
We rounded cattle at Kintore
We swam the Yarra River
We cantered through the flooded plains
Of Windsor Park together
We travelled down the railway lines
We struggled up steep hills
We bolted across the widest ditch
That challenged both our wills.
You watched me grow in to a woman
You watched my life unfold
You taught my children how to ride
I watched you grow so old
We travelled many miles together
We knew how each would feel
We 'd be there each and every day
Our love was true and real
And now your life is over
And I'm left to carry on
Now a life we shared so dearly
I'll have to go alone
Now enjoy your life in heaven
Canter freely though please wait
For when my time befalls me
I'd like to meet you at the gate.
ONCE A JOLLY SWAGMAN...
In loving memory of my man
Snakebite - (fatman - shnook and bones)
sharing 27 years of love, compassion, friendship and memories - aged 35 years.
Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong...
Apart from saying I love you
I think a dozen times
This is what I sung to him
To synchronise our minds
Under the shade of a Coolabah tree...
He waited for me on this morn
he led me to the ground
I held him tightly in my arms
Not another sole around.
And he sang as he watched and waited til his billy boiled...
Tears falling from my eyes
Leaving streaks upon my face
I sung this song from no where
I knew what we must face.
Who'll come a waltzing Matilda with me
Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,...
sitting there beside him
Rocking to and fro
Stroking his head so passionately
I had to let him go.
Up came the jumbuck to drink at that billabong
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee...
I can remember screaming 'Oh my God'
In an uncontrollable cry
As I felt his soul separate
And gallop to the sky
Up came the squatter riding on his thorough bred
Up came policemen - one, two , three ...
I caressed his neck and stroked his head
Holding him gently in my arms
He never spoke a word to me
Yet soaked the tears I shed
Up jumped the Swagman and jumped into that billabong
You'll never catch me alive said he..
I sat beside him, laid beside him
For nearly half a day
I couldn't let my man get cold
I couldn't walk away.
And his ghost may be heard
As you pass by that billabong...
Now Snakebite lies beneath the grounds
Of the house that I call home
No more hoof prints in the dirt
and no more neighs - alone.
Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
But Snakebites ghost may heard
Just listen to my heart
The memories of my fine old steed
are with me til I part.