Flowers in a Basket

By Brenton Manser
Copyright Australia 2002
Based on the Poem by Adam Lindsay Gordon
With an Irish Traditional Melody (3:07)
Verse One
On skies still and starlit white lustres take hold
And grey flushes scarlet and red flashes gold
The sun- glories cover the rose shed above
Like lover and lover they flame and unfold

Verse Two
Fresh flowers in a basket, an offering to you
Though you did not ask it unbidden I strew
With heat and drought striving some blossoms still live
They render thanksgiving for dawn and for dew

Verse Three
The garlands I gather the rhymes I string fast
Are hurriedly rather than heedlessly cast
Yon tree's shady awning is short'ning and warns
Far spent is the morning and I must ride fast

Verse Four
And eastward by nor'ward looms sadly my track
And I must ride forward but still I look back
Look back oh how vainly for while I see plain
My hands on the reins lie uncertain and slack

Verse Five
Fresh flowers in a basket an offering to you
Though you did not ask it unbidden I strew
For sake of past hours for love of old times
Take a basket of flowers and a bundle of rhymes