Henry Lawson
Faces In The Street by Henry Lawson

Faces In The Street by Henry Lawson

They lie, the men who tell us in a loud decisive tone That want is here a stranger, and that misery's unknown; For where the nearest suburb and the city proper meet My window-sill ...

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After All by Henry Lawson

After All by Henry Lawson

The brooding ghosts of Australian night have gone from the bush and town; My spirit revives in the morning breeze, though it died when the sun went down; The river is high and ...

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Wide Spaces by Henry Lawson

Wide Spaces by Henry Lawson

When my last long-beer has vanished and the truth is left unsaid; When each sordid care is banished from my chair and from my bed, And my common people sadly murmur: " 'Arry ...

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From The Bush by Henry Lawson

From The Bush by Henry Lawson

The Channel fog has lifted – And see where we have come! Round all the world we've drifted, A hundred years from "home". The fields our parents longed for – Ah! we shall ne'er ...

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`for’Ard’ by Henry Lawson

`for’Ard’ by Henry Lawson

It is stuffy in the steerage where the second-classers sleep, For there's near a hundred for'ard, and they're stowed away like sheep, -- They are trav'lers for the most part in a ...

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Australia’s Peril by Henry Lawson

Australia’s Peril by Henry Lawson

We must suffer, husband and father, we must suffer, daughter and son,For the wrong we have taken part in and the wrong that we have seen done.Let the bride of frivolous fashion, ...

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Out Back by Henry Lawson

Out Back by Henry Lawson

The old year went, and the new returned, in the withering weeks of drought, The cheque was spent that the shearer earned, and the sheds were all cut out; The publican's words ...

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Borderland by Henry Lawson

Borderland by Henry Lawson

I am back from up the country -- very sorry that I went -- Seeking for the Southern poets' land whereon to pitch my tent; I have lost a lot of idols, which were broken on the ...

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A Song Of The Republic by Henry Lawson

A Song Of The Republic by Henry Lawson

Sons of the South, awake! arise! Sons of the South, and do. Banish from under your bonny skies Those old-world errors and wrongs and lies. Making a hell in a Paradise That belongs ...

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A Bush Girl by Henry Lawson

A Bush Girl by Henry Lawson

She's milking in the rain and dark,As did her mother in the past.The wretched shed of poles and bark,Rent by the wind, is leaking fast.She sees the “home-roof” black and ...

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A Song Of Brave Men by Henry Lawson

A Song Of Brave Men by Henry Lawson

Man, is the Sea your master? Sea, and is man your slave? – This is the song of brave men who never know they are brave: Ceaselessly watching to save you, stranger from foreign ...

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As Far As Your Rifles Cover by Henry Lawson

As Far As Your Rifles Cover by Henry Lawson

Do you think, you slaves of a thousand years to poverty, wealth and pride, You can crush the spirit that has been free in a land that's new and wide? When you've scattered the ...

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A Prouder Man Than You by Henry Lawson

A Prouder Man Than You by Henry Lawson

If you fancy that your people came of better stock than mine, If you hint of higher breeding by a word or by a sign, If you're proud because of fortune or the clever things you do ...

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To Hannah by Henry Lawson

To Hannah by Henry Lawson

Spirit girl to whom 'twas given To revisit scenes of pain, From the hell I thought was Heaven You have lifted me again; Through the world that I inherit, Where I loved her ere she ...

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When Your Pants Begin To Go by Henry Lawson

When Your Pants Begin To Go by Henry Lawson

When you wear a cloudy collar and a shirt that isn't white, And you cannot sleep for thinking how you'll reach to-morrow night, You may be a man of sorrows, and on speaking terms ...

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Cherry- Tree Inn by Henry Lawson

Cherry- Tree Inn by Henry Lawson

The rafters are open to sun, moon, and star, Thistles and nettles grow high in the bar -- The chimneys are crumbling, the log fires are dead, And green mosses spring from the ...

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For Australia by Henry Lawson

For Australia by Henry Lawson

Now, with the wars of the world begun, they'll listen to you and me, Now while the frightened nations run to the arms of democracy, Now, when our blathering fools are scared, and ...

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Freedom On The Wallaby by Henry Lawson

Freedom On The Wallaby by Henry Lawson

Australia's a big country An' Freedom's humping bluey, An' Freedom's on the wallaby Oh! don't you hear 'er cooey? She's just begun to boomerang, She'll knock the tyrants silly, ...

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Above Eurunderee by Henry Lawson

Above Eurunderee by Henry Lawson

There are scenes in the distance where beauty is not,On the desolate flats where gaunt appletrees rot.Where the brooding old ridge rises up to the breezeFrom his dark lonely ...

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Black Bonnet by Henry Lawson

Black Bonnet by Henry Lawson

A day of seeming innocence, A glorious sun and sky, And, just above my picket fence, Black Bonnet passing by. In knitted gloves and quaint old dress, Without a spot or smirch, Her ...

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Cameron’s Heart by Henry Lawson

Cameron’s Heart by Henry Lawson

The diggings were just in their glory when Alister Cameron came, With recommendations, he told me, from friends and a parson `at hame'; He read me his recommendations -- he called ...

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Corny Bill by Henry Lawson

Corny Bill by Henry Lawson

His old clay pipe stuck in his mouth, His hat pushed from his brow, His dress best fitted for the South -- I think I see him now; And when the city streets are still, And sleep ...

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He’s Gone To England For A Wife by Henry Lawson

He’s Gone To England For A Wife by Henry Lawson

HE’S GONE to England for a wifeAmong the ladies there;And yet I know a lass he deemedThe rarest of the rare.He’s gone to England for a wife;And rich and proud is he.But he was ...

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Every Man Should Have A Rifle by Henry Lawson

Every Man Should Have A Rifle by Henry Lawson

So I sit and write and ponder, while the house is deaf and dumb, Seeing visions "over yonder" of the war I know must come. In the corner - not a vision - but a sign for coming ...

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When Hopes Ran High by Henry Lawson

When Hopes Ran High by Henry Lawson

When hopes ran high the world was young,We thought that we would never die,And glorious were the songs we sungIn those grand days when hopes ran high.When hopes ran high the world ...

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Outback by Henry Lawson

Outback by Henry Lawson

The old year went, and the new returned, in the withering weeks of drought, The cheque was spent that the shearer earned, and the sheds were all cut out; The publican's words ...

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Past Carin’ by Henry Lawson

Past Carin’ by Henry Lawson

Now up and down the siding brown The great black crows are flyin', And down below the spur, I know, Another `milker's' dyin'; The crops have withered from the ground, The ...

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The Old Bark School by Henry Lawson

The Old Bark School by Henry Lawson

It was built of bark and poles, and the floor was full of holes Where each leak in rainy weather made a pool; And the walls were mostly cracks lined with calico and sacks – There ...

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Australian Engineers by Henry Lawson

Australian Engineers by Henry Lawson

Ah, well! but the case seems hopeless, and the pen might write in vain; The people gabble of old things over and over again. For the sake of the sleek importer we slave with the ...

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Dan, The Wreck by Henry Lawson

Dan, The Wreck by Henry Lawson

Tall, and stout, and solid-looking, Yet a wreck; None would think Death's finger's hooking Him from deck. Cause of half the fun that's started -- `Hard-case' Dan -- Isn't like ...

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Knocked Up by Henry Lawson

Knocked Up by Henry Lawson

I'm lyin' on the barren ground that's baked and cracked with drought, And dunno if my legs or back or heart is most wore out; I've got no spirits left to rise and smooth me achin' ...

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In Possum Land by Henry Lawson

In Possum Land by Henry Lawson

In Possum Land the nights are fair,The streams are fresh and clear;No dust is in the moonlit air;No traffic jars the ear.With Possums gambolling overhead,'Neath western stars so ...

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Australian Bards And Bush Reviewers by Henry Lawson

Australian Bards And Bush Reviewers by Henry Lawson

While you use your best endeavour to immortalise in verse The gambling and the drink which are your country's greatest curse, While you glorify the bully and take the spieler's ...

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Wide Lies Australia by Henry Lawson

Wide Lies Australia by Henry Lawson

Wide lies Australia! The seas that surround her Flow for her unity – all states in one. Never has Custom nor Tyranny bound her – Never was conquest so peacefully won. Fair lies ...

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Ben Duggan by Henry Lawson

Ben Duggan by Henry Lawson

Jack Denver died on Talbragar when Christmas Eve began, And there was sorrow round the place, for Denver was a man; Jack Denver's wife bowed down her head -- her daughter's grief ...

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The Ghost by Henry Lawson

The Ghost by Henry Lawson

Down the street as I was drifting with the city's human tide, Came a ghost, and for a moment walked in silence by my side -- Now my heart was hard and bitter, and a bitter spirit ...

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In The Storm That Is To Come by Henry Lawson

In The Storm That Is To Come by Henry Lawson

By our place in the midst of the furthest seas we were fated to stand alone -When the nations fly at each other's throats let Australia look to her own;Let her spend her gold on ...

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Middleton’s Rouseabout by Henry Lawson

Middleton’s Rouseabout by Henry Lawson

Tall and freckled and sandy, Face of a country lout; This was the picture of Andy, Middleton's Rouseabout. Type of a coming nation, In the land of cattle and sheep, Worked on ...

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Up The Country by Henry Lawson

Up The Country by Henry Lawson

I am back from up the country -- very sorry that I went -- Seeking for the Southern poets' land whereon to pitch my tent; I have lost a lot of idols, which were broken on the ...

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Here Died by Henry Lawson

Here Died by Henry Lawson

There's many a schoolboy's bat and ball that are gathering dust at home, For he hears a voice in the future call, and he trains for the war to come; A serious light in his eyes is ...

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When The `army’ Prays For Watty by Henry Lawson

When The `army’ Prays For Watty by Henry Lawson

When the kindly hours of darkness, save for light of moon and star, Hide the picture on the signboard over Doughty's Horse Bazaar; When the last rose-tint is fading on the distant ...

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When The Children Come Home by Henry Lawson

When The Children Come Home by Henry Lawson

On a lonely selection far out in the West An old woman works all the day without rest, And she croons, as she toils 'neath the sky's glassy dome, `Sure I'll keep the ould place ...

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Jack Dunn Of Nevertire by Henry Lawson

Jack Dunn Of Nevertire by Henry Lawson

It chanced upon the very day we'd got the shearing done, A buggy brought a stranger to the West-o'-Sunday Run; He had a round and jolly face, and he was sleek and stout, He drove ...

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The Ballad Of The Drover by Henry Lawson

The Ballad Of The Drover by Henry Lawson

Across the stony ridges, Across the rolling plain, Young Harry Dale, the drover, Comes riding home again. And well his stock-horse bears him, And light of heart is he, And ...

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A Backward Glance by Henry Lawson

A Backward Glance by Henry Lawson

IT IS well when you’ve lived in clover,To mourn for the days gone by—Would I live the same life overCould I live again? Not I!But, knowing the false from the real,I would strive ...

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Waratah And Wattle by Henry Lawson

Waratah And Wattle by Henry Lawson

Though poor and in trouble I wander alone, With rebel cockade in my hat, Though friends may desert me, and kindred disown, My country will never do that! You may sing of the ...

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Marshall’s Mate by Henry Lawson

Marshall’s Mate by Henry Lawson

You almost heard the surface bake, and saw the gum-leaves turn -- You could have watched the grass scorch brown had there been grass to burn. In such a drought the strongest heart ...

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In The Days When The World Was Wide by Henry Lawson

In The Days When The World Was Wide by Henry Lawson

The world is narrow and ways are short, and our lives are dull and slow, For little is new where the crowds resort, and less where the wanderers go; Greater, or smaller, the same ...

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Fall In, My Men, Fall In by Henry Lawson

Fall In, My Men, Fall In by Henry Lawson

The short hour's halt is ended, The red gone from the west, The broken wheel is mended, And the dead men laid to rest. Three days have we retreated The brave old Curse-and-Grin – ...

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The Roaring Days by Henry Lawson

The Roaring Days by Henry Lawson

The night too quickly passes And we are growing old, So let us fill our glasses And toast the Days of Gold; When finds of wondrous treasure Set all the South ablaze, And you ...

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