Dedication [poem by Henry Kendall]

[Editor: This poem by Henry Kendall was published in Leaves from Australian Forests (1869).]


To her who, cast with me in trying days,
Stood in the place of health and power and praise;—
Who, when I thought all light was out, became
A lamp of hope that put my fears to shame;—
Who faced for love’s sole sake the life austere
That waits upon the man of letters here;—
Who, unawares, her deep affection showed,
By many a touching little wifely mode;—
Whose spirit, self-denying, dear, divine,
Its sorrows hid, so it might lessen mine, —
To her, my bright, best friend, I dedicate
This book of songs. ’Twill help to compensate
For much neglect. The act, if not the rhyme,
Will touch her heart, and lead her to the time
Of trials past. That which is most intense
Within these leaves is of her influence;
And if aught here is sweetened with a tone
Sincere, like love, it came of love alone.

Henry Kendall, Leaves from Australian Forests, Melbourne: George Robertson, 1869, page v

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