Lowan’s Nest [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Heart of Spring (1919) and Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934); in the latter, it was entitled “At a Lowan’s Nest”.]

Lowan’s Nest

Here, in the rubble and the sand,
This monument by thee was planned:
Great was the love that in thee hid,
O, builder of the Pyramid!

By no delirious king compelled
But by the mother-heart upheld,
Little of pain or toil thou recked,
Brave builder! eager architect!

This and no other was thy shrine:
This monument to birth was thine:
Great was the love within thee hid,
O, builder of the Pyramid!

Shaw Neilson, Heart of Spring, The Bookfellow, Sydney, 1919, page 21

Also published in:
John Shaw Neilson (editor: R. H. Croll), Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson, Lothian Publishing Company, Melbourne, 1934 [May 1949 reprint], page 21

Editor’s notes:
recked = past tense of “reck”, to have a care or pay heed to something

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