[Editor: This preface by Henry Lawson was published in In the Days When the World Was Wide and Other Verses, 1896.]
Most of the verses contained in this volume were first published in the Sydney Bulletin; others in the Brisbane Boomerang, Sydney Freeman’s Journal, Town and Country Journal, Worker, and New Zealand Mail, whose editors and proprietors I desire to thank for past kindnesses and for present courtesy in granting me the right of reproduction in book form.
‘In the Days When the World was Wide’ was written in Maoriland and some of the other verses in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.
The dates of original publication are given in the Table of Contents. Those undated are now printed for the first time.
Henry Lawson. In the Days When the World Was Wide and Other Verses, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1903 [first published 1896], page 5
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