Jessie Mackay

(1864 - 1938 / Rakaia Gorge)

Poems of Jessie Mackay

1. A Folk Song 1/4/2003
2. Dunedin in the Gloaming 1/4/2003
3. October in New Zealand 1/1/2004
4. Ortygia 1/1/2004
5. Rona in the Moon 5/15/2012
6. Song of the Driftweed 1/1/2004
7. The Burial of Sir John Mackenzie 1/4/2003
8. The Grey Company 1/4/2003


IN Ortygia the Dawn land the old gods dwell,
And the silver’s yet a-quiver on the old wizard well
By the milk-white walls of the Temple of the Moon,
Where the Dawn Maids hallow the red gods’ tune,
And old grey Time is a nine-year child,
Back between the rivers ere man was ever ’guiled,
Or the knelling ‘Never, never!’ by the cherubim was rung.
It was there, there, there, in Ortygia the young,—
It was there, there, there, in the meadows of the sky

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