[Editor: This book of poetry by Henry Kendall was published in 1880.]
Dedication —To a Mountain
Jim the Splitter
Bill the Bullock Driver
When Underneath the Brown Dead Grass
The Voice in the Wild Oak
Peter the Piccaninny
In Memory of John Fairfax
The Sydney International Exhibition
The Curse of Mother Flood
On a Spanish Cathedral
The Melbourne International Exhibition
By the Cliffs of the Sea
A Hyde Park Larrikin
Names upon a Stone
After Many Years
William Maddock, 381 George Street.
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington,
Crown Buildings, 188 Fleet Street.
Several Poems in this collection have already appeared in the columns of the Sydney Mail. I have to thank the Proprietors of that journal for their kindness in allowing me to reprint these verses. I am also under obligation to the Proprietors of the Town and Country Journal.
Gibbs, Shallard, and Co., Printers,
70 Pitt Street,
Next the Union Bank.
Henry Kendall, Songs from the Mountains, London: William Maddock, 1880
Although Songs from the Mountains was dated 1880, the final version was actually produced in January 1881. The original edition was printed in 1880, but the publisher was threatened with a lawsuit over an alleged libel contained within the poem “The Song of Ninian Melville” (Ninian Melville was a member of the New South Wales parliament), and so it was ordered that all copies of the book were to be returned to the publisher; and a revised edition was produced the following year, with the offending poem removed (it was replaced by “Christmas Creek”). There are only a few copies of the original edition in existence.