No Foe Shall Gather Our Harvest [poem by Mary Gilmore, 29 June 1940]

[Editor: A poem by Mary Gilmore, written during the Second World War. Published in The Australian Women’s Weekly, 29 June 1940.] No foe shall gather our harvest Sons of the mountains of Scotland, Clansmen from correi and kyle, Bred of the moors of England, Children of Erin’s green isle, We stand four-square to the tempest, […]

Dolly’s Offering [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).] Dolly’s Offering Dolly has fashioned a wee bird home — two white eggs in a nest: I dare not laugh at a holy thing, or a place where the young may rest: Rude it is, but the mother […]

The Quarrel with the Neighbour [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson (1934).] The Quarrel with the Neighbour Clear was the morning (’Twas the time o’ the hay) The little birds running heard All we could say. The quarrel came so quickly (’Twas a sweet sunshine), ’Twas the straying of cattle, […]

All the World’s a Lolly-Shop [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).] All the World’s a Lolly-Shop Life is behind the counter, and he waits on all who buy; He has a sweet for every mouth, a smile for every sigh; And ’tis the greatest […]

Love’s Coming [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).] Love’s Coming Quietly as rosebuds Talk to the thin air, Love came so lightly I knew not he was there. Quietly as lovers Creep at the middle moon, Softly as players tremble In […]