Autograph Verses [poem by Joseph Furphy]

[Editor: This poem by Joseph Furphy was published in The Poems of Joseph Furphy (1916).] Autograph Verses. (Written on board “Kyarra,” bound for W.A.) For Miss Eliza Cook. “Prove what Life can give of gladness; Seek for aught that merits trust — All thy mirth will turn to sadness, All thy bliss to cold disgust. […]

What the Heart of the Poet Said to the “Bulletin” [poem by Joseph Furphy]

[Editor: This poem by Joseph Furphy was published in The Poems of Joseph Furphy (1916).] What the Heart of the Poet Said to the “Bulletin.” Tell me not in future numbers That our thought becomes inane, That our metre halts and lumbers, When the Wattle blooms again. Lies of great men all remind us We […]

In Memoriam [poem by Joseph Furphy]

[Editor: This poem by Joseph Furphy was published in The Poems of Joseph Furphy (1916).] In Memoriam. (February, 1879.) A gentle loving thoughtful boy, But happy, gay and bright: A gleam of sunshine from the sky That filled a home with light. And whether busied with his play Throughout the passing summer day, Or sleepless […]

Impromptu Lines [poem by Joseph Furphy]

[Editor: This poem by Joseph Furphy was published in The Poems of Joseph Furphy (1916).] Impromptu Lines. Deem not this wielder of this pen The happiest bloque alive, For I am only five-foot-ten, And ye are ten-foot-five. Wherefore I clothe myself in jute, And likewise softly go, Like that historical galoot Whose tale you surely […]

A S.S.T.’s Lament [poem by Joseph Furphy]

[Editor: This poem by Joseph Furphy was published in The Poems of Joseph Furphy (1916).] A S.S.T.’s Lament. Would I were a profit monger, Buying cheap, and selling dear, Groceries, or something stronger, Toys, or pipes, or sporting gear, Wrong, maybe, but ain’t it wronger That I should be stranded here, While my upper lip […]