The quiet hour [story by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This story by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The quiet hour I have found in this Australian scene, of mountain and forest, of shaded creek and fern-filled gully, of cultivated gardens bordered by the virgin bush, much quiet peace and many joys — on rare occasions, inexpressible joys, far […]

Promise of Spring [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] Promise of Spring Spring surely must be near. High overhead The kind blue heavens bend to timbers tall; And here, this morning, is the picture spread That I have learned to love the best of all. I hear flame robin call […]

The Magpie [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The Magpie “CalLOG’alloo-ay!” On a windy day. Perched on a tree-top high I pour my notes from a valiant throat; For cock o’ the walk am I! Defiant, loud, superbly proud, My song soars to the blue, A clarion call a […]

The Pink-breasted Robin [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The Pink-breasted Robin A fairy out of fairyland, I flit On visits rare Into your garden and your heart, to sit And charm you there. Tiny and trusting for one winter day; And then away. You count me not amid your […]

The Yellow Robin [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The Yellow Robin I’m the friendliest of them all, When winter comes; Daily at your door I call Begging crumbs. Clinging sideways to a stake, Eloquent appeal I make. “Spare a scrap for pity’s sake! This cold air numbs.” I will […]