Francis William Lauderdale Adams
To An Old Friend In England by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

To An Old Friend In England by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

WAS it for nothing in the years gone by, O my love, O my friend, You thrilled me with your noble words of faith? — Hope beyond life, and love, love beyond death! Yet now I ...

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To The Girls Of The Unions by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

To The Girls Of The Unions by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

GIRLS, we love you, and love Asks you to give again That which draws it above, Beautiful, without stain. Give us weariless faith In our Cause pure, passionate, Dearer than ...

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Proem by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Proem by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

IN the black night, along the mud-deep roads,Amid the threatening boughs and ghastly streams,Hark! sounds that gird the darknesses like goads,Murmurs and rumours and reverberant ...

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William Wallace by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

William Wallace by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

(For the Ballarat statue of him)THIS is Scotch William Wallace. It was HeWho in dark hours first raised his face to see:Who watched the English tyrant Nobles spurn,Steel-clad, ...

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A Street Fight by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

A Street Fight by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

SIR, we approve your curling lip and noseAt this vile sight.These men, these women are 'brute beasts'? — Who knows,Sir, but that you are right?Panders and harlots, rogues and ...

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To Queen Victoria In England by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

To Queen Victoria In England by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

An Address on her Jubilee YearMADAM, you have done well! Let others with praise unholy,Speech addressed to a woman who never breathed upon earth,Daub you over with lies or deafen ...

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Love And Death by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Love And Death by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Death? is it death you give? So be it! O Death, thou hast been long my friend, and now thy pale cool cheek shall have my kiss, while the faint breath expires on thy still lips, ...

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A Story by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

A Story by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

(For the Irish Delegates in Australia)DO you want to hear a story,With a nobler praise than 'glory,'Of a man who loved the right like heaven and loathed the wrong likehell?Then, ...

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Axiom by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Axiom by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

LET him who toils, enjoyFruit of his toiling.Let him whom sweats annoy,No more be spoiling.For we would have it beThat, weak or stronger,Not he who works, but heWho works not, ...

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The Answer by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

The Answer by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Men and boys, O fathers, brothers,Burst these fetters round you bound.Women, sisters, wives and mothers,Lift your faces from the ground!O Democracy, O People,East and West and ...

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A Glimpse Of China by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

A Glimpse Of China by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

IIn a Sampan(Min River, Fo Kien)Up in the misty morning,Up past the gardened hills,With the rhythmic stroke of the rowers,While the blue deep pales and thrills!Past the ...

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Defeat? by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Defeat? by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

WHO is it speaks of defeat? —I tell you a Cause like oursIs greater than defeat can know;It is the power of powers!As surely as the earth rolls round,As surely as the glorious ...

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Anarchism by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Anarchism by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

'TIS not when I am here,In these homeless homes,Where sin and shame and diseaseAnd foul death comes;'Tis not when heart and brainWould be still and forgetMen and women and ...

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A Death At Sea by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

A Death At Sea by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

(Coral Sea, Australia)IDEAD in the sheep-pen he lies,Wrapped in an old brown sail.The smiling blue sea and the skiesKnow not sorrow nor wail.Dragged up out of the hold,Dead on his ...

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London by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

London by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

CRUEL City, London, London,Where, duped slaves of devils' creeds,Men and women desperate, undone,Dream such dreams, and do such deeds:London, London, cruel city,By day serpent, by ...

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Why He Loves Her by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Why He Loves Her by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

YOU ask me why I love her,As I love nought on earth?Why I'll put none above herFor sorrow or for mirth?Though there be others fairer;In spirit, richer, rarer;With none will I ...

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Dedication To His Love by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Dedication To His Love by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

SWEETEST, in desperate hoursOf clouds and lightning and rain,You came like a vision of flowersAnd summer and song once again:You came, and I could not receive you,Seared in my ...

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To Sydney Jephcott by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

To Sydney Jephcott by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

(The friend my verse won for me)With a Copy of My 'Poetical Works''TAKE with all my heart, friend, this,The labour of my past,Though the heart here hidden isAnd the soul's ...

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Dai Butsu by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Dai Butsu by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

He sits. Upon the kingly head doth rest The round-balled wimple, and the heavy rings Touch on the shoulders where the swallow clings; The downward garment shows the ambiguous ...

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The Caged Eagle by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

The Caged Eagle by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

. . . I went the other dayTo see the birds and beasts they keep enmewedIn the London Zoo. One of the first I saw —One of the first I noticed, was an Eagle,Ragged, befouled, within ...

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To John Ruskin by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

To John Ruskin by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

(After reading his 'Modern Painters')YES, you do well to mock us, youWho knew our bitter woe —To jeer the false, deny the trueIn us blind-struggling low,While, on your pleasant ...

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Hong-Kong Lyrics by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Hong-Kong Lyrics by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

IAT anchor in that harbour of the island,The Chinese Gate,We lay where, terraced under green-clad highland,The Sea-town sate.Ships, steamers, sailers, many a flag and nation,A ...

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Pere-La-Chaise by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Pere-La-Chaise by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

(PARIS)I STOOD in Pere-la-Chaise. The putrid City,Paris, the harlot of the nations, lay,The bug-bright thing that knows not love nor pity,Flashing her bare shame to the summer's ...

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A Mahomedan Ship Fireman by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

A Mahomedan Ship Fireman by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

UP from the oven pit,The hell where poor men toil,At the sunset hour he comesClean-clothed, washed from soil.On the fo'c's'le head he kneels,His face to the hallowed West.He ...

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A Visitor In The Camp by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

A Visitor In The Camp by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

To Mary Robinson'WHAT, are you lost, you pretty little lady?This is no place for such sweet things as you.Our bodies, rank with sweat, will make you sicken,And, you'll observe, ...

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To Karl Marx by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

To Karl Marx by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

NOT for the thought that burns on keen and clear,Heat that the heat has turned from red to white,The passion of the lone remembering nightOne with the patience day must see and ...

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England In Egypt by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

England In Egypt by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

FROM the dusty jaded sunlight of the careless Cairo streets,Through the open bedroom window where the pale blue held thepalms,There came a sound of music, thrilling cries and ...

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Drill by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Drill by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

WHEN day's hard task's done,Eve's scant meal partaken,Out we steal each one,Weariless, unshaken.In small reeking squares,Garbaged plots, we gather,Little knots and pairs,Brother, ...

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Elsie by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Elsie by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

A MemoryLITTLE elfin maid,Old, though scarce two years,With your big dark hazel eyesTenderer than tears,And your rosebud mouthLisping jocund things,Breaking brooding silence ...

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Parallels For The Pious by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Parallels For The Pious by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

'HE holds a pistol to my head,Swearing he will shoot me dead,If he have not my purse instead,The robber!''He, with the lash of wealth and power,Flogs out my heart and flings the ...

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Aux Ternes by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Aux Ternes by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

(PARIS)SHE. — 'Up and down, up and down,From early eve to early day.Life is quicker in the town;When you've leisure, anyway!'Down and up, down and up!O will no one stop and ...

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Australia by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Australia by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

I SEE a Land of desperate droughts and floods:I see a land where Need keeps spreading round,And all but giants perish in the stress:I see a Land where more, and more, and moreThe ...

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At The West India Docks by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

At The West India Docks by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

(A Memory of August, 1883)I STOOD in the ghastly gleaming night by the swollen, sullen flowOf the dreadful river that rolls her tides through the City of Wealth andWoe;And mine ...

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Toil by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Toil by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

I TOIL, I toil, as toils a jaded horseAround the ever-changing changeless trackFrom sunrise on to sunset, till the mill,That grinds in flour my heart and soul, is still,And the ...

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The Peasants’ Revolt by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

The Peasants’ Revolt by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

THRO' the mists of years,Thro' the lies of men,Your bloody sweat and tears,Your desperate hopes and fearsReach us once again,Brothers, who long ago,For life's bitter sake,Toiled ...

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To The Sons Of Labour by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

To The Sons Of Labour by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

GRAVE this deep in your hearts,Forget not the tale of the past!Never, never believeThat any will help you, or can,Saving only Yourselves!What have the Gentlemen done,Peerless ...

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Dirge by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Dirge by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

(Brisbane)'A little Soldier of the Army of the Night'BURY him without a word!No appeal to death;Only the call of the birdAnd the blind spring's breath.Nature slays ten, yet the ...

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Epode by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Epode by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

BEYOND the Night, down o'er the labouring East,I see light's harbinger of day released:Upon the false gleam of the ante-dawn,Lo, the fair heaven of sun-pursuing morn.Beyond the ...

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A Fool by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

A Fool by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

HE asked me of my friend — 'a clever man;Such various talent, business, journalism;A pen that might some day have sent out ‘leaders’From our greatest newspapers.' — 'Yes, all ...

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Greek Lyrics by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Greek Lyrics by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

O WORDS as clear as are the dawn sky-riftsBetween the still cloud-layers, and eke as sweetAs violets are, looking through crystal dew,And with such melody as birds may haveThat ...

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The Outcasts by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

The Outcasts by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

(Melbourne)HERE to the parks they come,The scourings of the town,Like weary wounded animalsSeeking where to lie them down.Brothers, let us take togetherAn easeful period.There is ...

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From A Verandah by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

From A Verandah by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

(Sydney)'Armageddon'O CITY lapped in sun and Sabbath rest,With happy face of plenteous ease possessed,Have you no doubts that whisper, dreams that moanDisquietude, to stir your ...

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Ireland by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Ireland by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

O WE have loved you through cold and rainAnd pitiless frost,Consuming our offering of blood and brainGladly again and again and again,Though it all seemed lost,Ireland, Ireland!O ...

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A South-Sea Islander by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

A South-Sea Islander by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

ALOLL in the warm clear water,On her back with languorous limbs,She lies. The baby upon her breastsPaddles and falls and swims.With half-closed eyes she smiles,Guarding it with ...

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Evening Hymn In The Hovels by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Evening Hymn In The Hovels by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

'WE sow the fertile seed and then we reap it;We thresh the golden grain; we knead the bread.Others that eat are glad. In store they keep it,While we hunger outside with hearts ...

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An Assassin by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

An Assassin by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

. . . They caught him at the bend. He and his sonSat in the car, revolvers in their laps.From either side the stone-walled wintry roadThere flashed thin fire-streaks in the rainy ...

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To An Artist by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

To An Artist by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

YOU tell me these great lords have raised up Art?I say they have degraded it. Look you,When ever did they let the Poet sing,The Painter paint, the Sculptor hew and cast,The Music ...

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Dublin At Dawn by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Dublin At Dawn by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

IN the chill grey summer dawn-lightWe pass through the empty streets;The rattling wheels are all silent;No friend his fellow greets.Here and there, at the corners,A man in a ...

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Move On! by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

Move On! by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

'THE foxes have holes,And the birds of the air have nests,But where shall the heads of the sons of menBe laid, be laid?''Where the cold corpse rests,Where the sightless ...

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To His Love by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

To His Love by Francis William Lauderdale Adams

(With his first book of 'Songs')'MY Sweet, my Child, through all this nightOf dark and wind and rain,Where thunder crashes, and the lightSears the bewildered brain,'It is your ...

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