Did You See Us Sailing Past?

Henry Lawson, 1910

      Did you see us sailing past, past, past?
      Did you see us sailing past?
      Syd. Allan sat by the little toy wheel
      And your lover by the mast.
             We'd raced the glass from Gabo
             To save an Autumn day;
             We dared not run for Disaster Bay,
             So we ran for Twofold Bay.

      Did you see us flying past, past, past,
      By the rocks of black'ning brown?
      With the hoods slipped up, and the doors made fast,
      And the motor broken down?
             We'd raced the glass from Gabo
             To save an Autumn day;
             We dared not run for Disaster Bay,
             So we ran for Twofold Bay.

      Did a face grow white or a heart grow sick?
      And the lighthouse seem to reel?
      Your lover stood by the foremast stick
      And Allan by the wheel.
             We'd raced the glass from Gabo
             To save an Autumn day;
             We dared not run for Disaster Bay,
             So we ran for Twofold Bay.

      Did you see us plunging past, past, past,
      On Friday afternoon?
      Did we seem flying all too fast
      From the grave of the Lye-e-mon?
             We'd raced the glass from Gabo
             To save an Autumn day;
             We dared not run for Disaster Bay,
             So we ran for Twofold Bay.

      We dared not think of Batangabee;
      But, darling, do not fret,
      For the Love Trail runs by land and sea,
      And we'll meet in Eden yet.
             We'd raced the glass from Gabo
             To save an Autumn day;
             We dared not run for Disaster Bay,
             So we ran for Twofold Bay.




      The Sydney Mail, 7 December 1910, page 10, (written May 1910).
      Editor's note: The original poem in the Sydney Mail referred to a "foremost stick", but it is believed that it should have been "foremast stick" (as rendered in later collections of poetry).