Charles Harpur
A Coast View by Charles Harpur

A Coast View by Charles Harpur

High ’mid the shelves of a grey cliff, that yet Riseth in Babylonian mass above, In a benched cleft, as in the mouldered chair Of grey-beard Time himself, I sit alone, And gaze ...

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A Love Fancy by Charles Harpur

A Love Fancy by Charles Harpur

Night was new-throned in heaven, and we did rove Together in the cool and shadowless haze That thickened round, at the wild stars to gaze Ere yet the moon’s red rim ...

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A Lament by Charles Harpur

A Lament by Charles Harpur

Flowers in their freshness are flushing the earth, And the voice-peopled forest is loud in its mirth, And streams in their fulness are laughing at dearth— Yet my bosom is ...

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Coleridge’s Cristabel by Charles Harpur

Coleridge’s Cristabel by Charles Harpur

Mark yon runnel, how ’tis flowing, Like a sylvan spirit dreaming Of the spring-blooms near it blowing, And the sunlight o’er it beaming— Bright from bank to bank, or growing ...

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Bush Justice by Charles Harpur

Bush Justice by Charles Harpur

A Dealer, bewitched by gain-promising dreamsSettled down near my Station, to trade with my Teams,And to sell to, my men too! from whom, through the nose,Until then, I had screw'd ...

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Change And Death by Charles Harpur

Change And Death by Charles Harpur

We build but for change and for death, To whom a like homage pay glory and shame; For something must pass to give being to both. All things are rounded by change, and are ...

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A Poet To… by Charles Harpur

A Poet To… by Charles Harpur

Long ere I knew thee—years of loveless days, A shape would gather from my dreams, and pour The soul-sweet influence of its gentle gaze Into my heart, to thrill it to the ...

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A Similitude by Charles Harpur

A Similitude by Charles Harpur

FAIR as the night—when all the astral fires Of heaven are burning in the clear expanse, My love is; and her eyes like star-depths glance Lustrous with glowing thoughts and ...

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Dora by Charles Harpur

Dora by Charles Harpur

It was, I well remember, the merry springtime when Young Dora in the eventide came singing up the glen, And the song came up the glen, till one oft-repeated part In a subtle ...

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A Storm In The Mountains by Charles Harpur

A Storm In The Mountains by Charles Harpur

A lonely boy, far venturing from home Out on the half-wild herd’s faint tracks I roam; Mid rock-browned mountains, which with stony frown Glare into haggard chasms deep adown; A ...

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Cora by Charles Harpur

Cora by Charles Harpur

Of Cora, once so dearly ours, Would mournful memory sing; Of how she came when came the flowers, To leave us with the spring. That day (returned) which gave her breath ...

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Ned Connor by Charles Harpur

Ned Connor by Charles Harpur

’TWAS night—and where a watery soundCame moaning up the Flat,Six rude and bearded stockmen roundTheir blazing hut-fire sat,And laughed as on some starting houndThe cracking fuel ...

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Australia’s First Great Poet by Charles Harpur

Australia’s First Great Poet by Charles Harpur

HIS lot how glorious whom the must shall name Her first high-priest in this bright southern clime! Aglow with light from her aspiring flame, Catching the raptures of her Grecian ...

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The Anchor by Charles Harpur

The Anchor by Charles Harpur

Firm trust of the bold sailor on the shores of sudden storm, What strength is in its structure and the fitness of its form! Old ocean’s bed-rock gripping, with the hurricane’s tug ...

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An Aboriginal Mothers’s Lament by Charles Harpur

An Aboriginal Mothers’s Lament by Charles Harpur

An Aboriginal Mother’s Lament Charles Harpur ------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------- Still farther would I fly, my child, To make ...

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A  Poet’s Home by Charles Harpur

A Poet’s Home by Charles Harpur

HERE in this lonely rill-engirdled spot,The world forgetting, by the world forgot,With one vowed to me with beloved lipsHow sweet to draw, as hiddenly from time,As from its rocks ...

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A Dream Of The Orient by Charles Harpur

A Dream Of The Orient by Charles Harpur

With a resplendent Eastern bride, Like a houri at my side, And music round us swelling, ’Mid odours of so rare a steam That like a breath of love they seem, Dwell I through a ...

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A Flight Of Wild Ducks by Charles Harpur

A Flight Of Wild Ducks by Charles Harpur

Far up the River-hark! 'tls the loud shockDeadened by distance, of some Fowler's gun:And as into the stillness of the sceneIt wastes now with a dull vibratory boom,Look where, ...

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Collins by Charles Harpur

Collins by Charles Harpur

A Genius caged in niceties of art;A full-souled Bard that should have thought apart,Creatively peculiar—not as taughtBy models which (though rare and richly wrought,As polished ...

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A Sonnet Dedicated To Sir George Gipps by Charles Harpur

A Sonnet Dedicated To Sir George Gipps by Charles Harpur

My country! I am sore at heart for thee!An in mine ear, like a storm-heralding breeze,A voice against thee gathers warningly!Lo, in what hands seem now thy destinies!Hands ...

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A Basket Of Summer Fruit by Charles Harpur

A Basket Of Summer Fruit by Charles Harpur

First see those ample melons-brindled o'erWith mingled green and brown is all the rind;For they are ripe, and mealy at the core,And saturate with the nectar of their kind.And here ...

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Asking In Vain by Charles Harpur

Asking In Vain by Charles Harpur

Still his little grave she seeketh In her mother-sorrow wild, Hush! While in her heart she speaketh To the spirit of her child: “Were we not to one another Once the sum ...

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The Temperance Movement by Charles Harpur

The Temperance Movement by Charles Harpur

A POWER is stirring—a broad light has shone Amid the nation’s—in the wilderness Of the world’s social horror and distress, Heralding temperance as the Baptist John ...

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Trust In God by Charles Harpur

Trust In God by Charles Harpur

Deep trust in God—for that I still have sought Through all the grim doubts that bemock the soul, When in the amazement of far-reaching throught, We list the ...

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Burns by Charles Harpur

Burns by Charles Harpur

MY OWN WILD BURNS! these rude-wrought rhymes of thineIn golden worth are like the unshapely coinOf some new realm, yet pure as from the mine—And Art may well be spared with such ...

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Absence by Charles Harpur

Absence by Charles Harpur

NIGHTLY I watch the moon with silvery sheenFlaking the city house-tops, till I feelThy memory, Rosa, like a presence, stealDown in her light: for ever in her mienThy soul’s ...

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Love Sonnets by Charles Harpur

Love Sonnets by Charles Harpur

I. HOW beautiful doth the morning rise O’er the hills, as from her bower a bride Comes brightened—blushing with the shame-faced pride Of love that now consummated ...

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To Poesy by Charles Harpur

To Poesy by Charles Harpur

Yet do not thou forsake me now, Poesy, with Peace-together! Ere this last disastrous blow Did lay my struggling fortunes low, In love unworn have we not borne Much wintry ...

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The Battle Of Life by Charles Harpur

The Battle Of Life by Charles Harpur

Never give up, though life be a battle Wherein true men may fail, and true causes be sold; Yet, on the whole, however may rattle The thunders of chance, scaring ...

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Hope On by Charles Harpur

Hope On by Charles Harpur

Power's a cheat, success but trying, Even pleasure bears a sting; Still ’tis useless, useless sighing, Rather list to Hope replying— “The flowers must come again with ...

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To – by Charles Harpur

To – by Charles Harpur

“Who would not be a poet?” thus I read In thy proud sonnet, my poetic friend; And unto this my full assent was given: “There is not, cannot be, under all heaven, Aught happier in ...

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Ecce Homo by Charles Harpur

Ecce Homo by Charles Harpur

A man of sorrows and with grief acquainted, He bowed His beauteous head to the rude hands Of Pilate’s hireling bands; And while beneath their cruel scourge He ...

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To The Moon by Charles Harpur

To The Moon by Charles Harpur

With musing mind I watch thee steal Above those envious clouds that hid Till now thy face; thou dost reveal More than the glaring sunlight did; ...

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The Flight Of Peace by Charles Harpur

The Flight Of Peace by Charles Harpur

TRUST and Treachery, Wisdom, Folly,Madness, Mirth and Melancholy,Love and Hatred, Thrift and Pillage,All are housed in one small village.And if such be Life’s mix’d being,Where ...

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A Hunter’s Indian Dove by Charles Harpur

A Hunter’s Indian Dove by Charles Harpur

DARK is her cheek, but her blood’s rich blush Comes through its dusk with a sunset flush, While joy, like a prairie-bee, slaketh its drouth At the red honey-cup of her smiling ...

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Onward by Charles Harpur

Onward by Charles Harpur

Have the blasts of sorrow worn thee, Have the rocks of danger torn thee, And thus shifted, wreck-like drifted, Wouldst thou find a port in time? Vain the quest! That word sublime— ...

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The Tear by Charles Harpur

The Tear by Charles Harpur

IT WAS a tale of passion that we read— Of two who loved, not happily, but well! And evermore her gentle breast did swell Like a twin-billow,—for her feelings fed ...

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Regret by Charles Harpur

Regret by Charles Harpur

There's a regret that from my bosom aye Wrings forth a dirgy sweetness, like a rain Of deathward love; that ever in my brain Uttereth such tones as in some foregone ...

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The Home Of Peace by Charles Harpur

The Home Of Peace by Charles Harpur

Trust and treachery, wisdom, folly, Madness, mirth and melancholy, Love and hatred, thrift and pillage, All are housed in every village. And in such a world’s mixed being, Where ...

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To My First Born by Charles Harpur

To My First Born by Charles Harpur

MY beautiful! For beautiful thou artTo me thy father, as the morning lightWhich makes all common objects fresh and bright,Yea gives them out of the dun void to startAs they were ...

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The Past by Charles Harpur

The Past by Charles Harpur

The Past is flowing through my thoughts— Flowing like a sea; With all its billows dancing bright Over what?—an undermight Of darkling loss and destiny. Still it ...

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To Mary by Charles Harpur

To Mary by Charles Harpur

WHERE Beauty is smilingWith Love undenied,Where Gladness is flowingFrom Pleasure’s hill-side,Whatever of charmingI elsewhere may see,I can turn from it, Mary,To think upon ...

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To Doctor Lang by Charles Harpur

To Doctor Lang by Charles Harpur

Little, perhaps, thou valuest verse of mine— Little hast read of what my hand has wrought, Yet I with thy brave memory would entwine The muse’s amaranths. For thou ...

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Description Of A Tropical Island by Charles Harpur

Description Of A Tropical Island by Charles Harpur

Behold an Indian isle, reposed Upon the deep’s enamoured breast, Even like a royal bride, be-rosed With passion in her happy rest. Or, when the morn is there disclosed, Or eve is ...

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Andrew Marvell by Charles Harpur

Andrew Marvell by Charles Harpur

Spirit, that lookest from the starry fold Of truth’s white flock, next to thy Milton there Accept my reverence though but feebly told. And oh! My heart from thy ...

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Shakespeare by Charles Harpur

Shakespeare by Charles Harpur

Standing alone, a study in itself, How Shakespeare’s volume glorifies my shelf! For thence his spirit forth on mine has shined, Like a great morning on the hills of mind. Sphered ...

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The Death Of Shelley by Charles Harpur

The Death Of Shelley by Charles Harpur

Fit winding-sheet for thee Was the upheaving eternal sea, Fit dirge the tempest’s slave-alarming roll For yokeless as the waves alway Thy thoughts went ...

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The Forgotten by Charles Harpur

The Forgotten by Charles Harpur

He shone in the senate, the camp, and the grove, The mirror of manhood, the darling of love. He fought for his country, the star of the brave, And died for it’s weal when to die ...

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Mary Arden by Charles Harpur

Mary Arden by Charles Harpur

When a simple English maiden, Nested warm in Wilmicote, Sang forth like a lark uprising Heavenward with its morning note, Did no English ear that listened, Even then, ...

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The Emigrant’s Vision by Charles Harpur

The Emigrant’s Vision by Charles Harpur

As his bark dashed away on the night-shrouded deep, And out towards the South he was gazing, First there passed o’er his spirit a darkness like sleep, Then the light of a ...

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