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Posted By: GUEST,Gerry (channeling Allan Sherman)
05-Nov-08 - 07:26 AM
Thread Name: Songs of hope and optimism
Subject: RE: Songs of hope and optimism
The words of After All as given by akenaton on 11 Jan 04 differ in dozens of (mostly small) ways from what's in the Lawson collection, Poetical Works. Perhaps Garnet Rogers changed a few things. Here's how it is in the book:

The brooding ghosts of Australian night have gone from the bush and town;
My spirit revives in the morning breeze, tho' it died when the sun went down;
The river is high and the stream is strong, and the grass is green and tall,
And I fain would think this world of ours is a good world after all.

The light of passion in dreamy eyes, and a page of truth well read,
The glorious thrill, in a heart gone cold, of the spirit I thought was dead,
A song that goes to a comrade's heart, and a tear of pride let fall---
And my soul is strong! and the world to me is a grand world after all!

Let our enemies go by their old dull tracks, and theirs be fault or shame
(The man is bitter against the world who has only himself to blame);
Let the darkest side of the past be dark, and only good recall;
For I must believe that the world, my dear, is a kind world after all.

It well may be that I saw too plain, or it may be I was blind:
But I'll keep my face to the dawning light, tho' the devil may stand behind!
Tho' the devil may stand behind my back, shall I see his shadow fall?
I'll read in the light of the morning stars---a good world after all.

Rest, for your eyes are weary, girl---you have driven the worst away---
The ghost of the man that I might have been is gone from my heart today;
We'll live for life and the best it brings till our twilight shadows fall;
My heart grows brave, and the world, my girl, is a good world after all.