In Memoriam: Victor John Daley [poem by W. T. Goodge, 31 December 1905]

[Editor: This poem by W. T. Goodge was published in The Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW), 31 December 1905.]

In Memoriam.

Victor John Daley

(For the “Sunday Times.”)

May not a poetaster sing
A requiem for a poet-king?
May not a singer of jingling rhymes,
Frivolous ballads of passing times,
Yet have a thought for the nobler theme
Of the bard whose verses reign supreme?

Just as the man may gaze afar
From the sordid earth to the gleaming star;
Just as the heart of the oaf will bound
When the glorious chords of Mozart sound;
Just as the rude may play a part
In homage before the gems of Art!

So may the poetaster sing
A requiem for the poet-king!
Of Austral poets, large or small,
Daley was greatest of them all;
And held in reverent regard
By even me — the frivolous bard!


The Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW), 31 December 1905, p. 5

Editor’s notes:
Austral = of or relating to Australia or Australasia; Australian, Australasian; an abbreviation of Australia, Australian, Australasia, Australasian; in a wider context, of or relating to the southern hemisphere; southern, especially a southern wind

Mozart = Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), an Austrian composer

oaf = someone who is big, stupid, slow-witted, clumsy, awkward (usually refers to an adult male)

poetaster = someone who writes inferior poetry

rude = primitive, raw, or rough, or in an unfinished state or natural condition (distinct from the modern usage of “rude” as someone being discourteous or ill-mannered)

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