Stephen Foster [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).]

Stephen Foster

(Composer of “My Old Kentucky Home”)

Who was the man? he was not great or wise,
He lived in sore distress,
Always he went with pity in the eyes
For burnt-out Happiness.

He who was poor had melodies of gold,
He had the rude man’s Art,
No one can now deny him — he could hold
The quick roads to the heart.

John Shaw Neilson (editor: R. H. Croll), Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson, Melbourne: Lothian Publishing Company, 1934 [May 1949 reprint], page 149

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