Araluen [poem by Henry Kendall, 27 September 1879]

[Editor: A poem by Henry Kendall, regarding the death of his baby daughter. Published in The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser, 27 September 1879. It was also published in Songs from the Mountains (1880).] Araluen. Take this rose and very gently place it on the tender, deep Mosses where our little darling, Araluen, […]

The Lad Who Started Out [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).] The Lad Who Started Out October and the shining air put wondrous thoughts in him; And he could fight and climb and ride, and he could shoot and swim: The baby was about him yet, but a mystic […]

He Sold Himself to the Daisies [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).] He Sold Himself to the Daisies He stayed too long in the sunlight, He was so thin and shy, He sold himself to the daisies When no one strove to buy. They called him hopeless coward, They called […]

The Sacrifice [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).] The Sacrifice White for the grave, strange-eyed and sable-dressed, Is this my love so quietly doth lie? The sunlight of her sweetness, her dear grace, All that she gave . . . falls […]

Fighting in France [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 1926]

[Editor: This poem by “Dryblower” Murphy was published in Dryblower’s Verses (1926).] Fighting in France. Perth daily paper ad.:— “Will some kind person adopt a motherless baby girl? Father killed in France?” Are you list’ning, O, Heavyheart, childless and lone? Are you reading this message aright? Is your soul of souls touched by its pitiful […]