Leon Gellert
The Riddle Of The Sphinx by Leon Gellert

The Riddle Of The Sphinx by Leon Gellert

Thou gazing face above the shifting sands!Oh, turn thy tearless eyes and answer me!Will honour come to thee and to thy land.That this should be? Those swarthy adamantine breasts ...

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Through A Porthole by Leon Gellert

Through A Porthole by Leon Gellert

If you could lie upon this berth, this berthwhereon I lie,If you could see a tiny peak uplift itstingled tusk,If you could see the purple hills againstthe changing sky,And see a ...

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The Last To Leave by Leon Gellert

The Last To Leave by Leon Gellert

The guns were silent, and the silent hills had bowed their grasses to a gentle breeze I gazed upon the vales and on the rills, And whispered, "What of these?' and "What of these? ...

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The Bush Lover by Leon Gellert

The Bush Lover by Leon Gellert

He lingers in the lazy grassAnd talks of loneliness with trees,The clouds pass, and the hours pass;And far afield he hears the bees.He sees the wistful moon arise;He sits and ...

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The Epileptic by Leon Gellert

The Epileptic by Leon Gellert

His splendid heart is set within a frameOf manly massiveness, and giant limbs.And strong to move, he helps the maimed and the lame,While his pride of strength the laugher brimsHis ...

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The Blind Man by Leon Gellert

The Blind Man by Leon Gellert

Within a corner of this windowed roomHe sits, and seldom speaks, and seldommoves.Forever left within eternal gloom,He thinks of those he left, and those he loves.The clouds were ...

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The Three Concerned by Leon Gellert

The Three Concerned by Leon Gellert

The ManHe lies forgotten 'neath the watching skies,the blood upon his bayonet scarlet bright;the red moon shining in his glazed eyes,the 'Last Post' crying, crying in the ...

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Rapine by Leon Gellert

Rapine by Leon Gellert

She came from some still mossinessOf quiet ways; and stood with modest hands;A warmth of body in a shy distress;A white shell on the sands.A slender shell she seemed;And he, the ...

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The Death by Leon Gellert

The Death by Leon Gellert

I’m hit. It’s come at last, I feel a smartOf needles in ……My God …. I’m hit again!No pain this time……no pain….. and yet…..my heart……Where is my heart? ‘Tis strange I feel no ...

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The Retirement Of Mars by Leon Gellert

The Retirement Of Mars by Leon Gellert

He pauses on his way, and gazing backacross the desert ways of splintered steelrecalls the noon, and sees his weary track,and sees the bloody imprint of his heel.A Mars long tired ...

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Red by Leon Gellert

Red by Leon Gellert

Place that bayonet in my hand,And fill this pouch with lead;Show me the blood and leave me, and let meStandBy my dead.Cover those staring eyes and goAnd stab in the red, red ...

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The Song’s End by Leon Gellert

The Song’s End by Leon Gellert

Where will the song end? Here?Here by the stretching arcRed-rimmed and clear>Or there in the dark?Where will the song end?Here, where the lizard sticks its tongueInto the wide ...

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The Wrecked Aeroplane by Leon Gellert

The Wrecked Aeroplane by Leon Gellert

Unhappy craft of Daedalus reborn,That liest prone with white wings torn,And, like some giant prehistoric bird, with throb-bing soundDoest beat they wings on unresponsive ...

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The Australian Muse by Leon Gellert

The Australian Muse by Leon Gellert

Uplift thy lyre, and touch the tender strings; But leave unsung the epics of thy landTil thou and time have made a song both grandAnd mellow with thy long imaginings.Breathe forth ...

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The House Delirious by Leon Gellert

The House Delirious by Leon Gellert

Come in and tread thou quietlyWithin the duskiness.This twilight thou dost seeIs but the moment passing. Make no guessUpon these ragged tapestriesHorrid with timeAnd stained with ...

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Anzac Cove by Leon Gellert

Anzac Cove by Leon Gellert

There’s a lonely stretch of hillocks:There’s a beach asleep and drear:There’s a battered broken fort beside the sea.There are sunken trampled graves:And a little rotting pier:And ...

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The Soul Forsaken by Leon Gellert

The Soul Forsaken by Leon Gellert

Head-bowed I stood before the Gates of God,And pleaded starvingly;The Great Eye would not see;And cold with hopeless tears again I trodThe dreaded vast.I felt the souls immortal ...

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The Veteran by Leon Gellert

The Veteran by Leon Gellert

Here must I sit and stare,Withered and wrinkled;Knowing the spaces thereWith blood are sprinkled.Why in the smoky skyMissed I the sad truth?Why did I not dieYoung with the blood ...

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The  Christmas Beetle by Leon Gellert

The Christmas Beetle by Leon Gellert

When Christmas comes the Christmas heat'llbring once more the Christmas BeetleThe first inflammatory breeze'llset him buzzing like a diesel.Hear him open up his throttleas he hums ...

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The Coming Of War by Leon Gellert

The Coming Of War by Leon Gellert

Strong from the hills it comes, and flowing rivers;Swift from the waters of the rising seas;Swift on the chilling heart that waits and quiversWith a terror of hideousies.Behind ...

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The Teacher by Leon Gellert

The Teacher by Leon Gellert

A Cross is slanting ‘tween two withered trees -I saw him first in peace, amid a crowdOf streets, nor dreamed him ever one of these,So wistfully he mused, so shyly proud,So ...

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These Men by Leon Gellert

These Men by Leon Gellert

Men moving in a trench, in the clear noon,Whetting their steel within the crumbling earth;Men, moving in a trench ‘neath a new moonThat smiles with a slit mouth and has no ...

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The Dreamer by Leon Gellert

The Dreamer by Leon Gellert

He lay within a neat white-sheeted bed,And stared at distance with his wide young eyes:-Eyes that held space, had dreams, and saw the spreadOf the huge seas, and saw the stretch ...

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To A Man Who Wished To Die by Leon Gellert

To A Man Who Wished To Die by Leon Gellert

And now that you are dead, - If I should dieUpon this ground,And open my new eye,I’d leave my body dead,Just like a garment shedWithout a sound;And go to you within that dingy ...

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The Cry Of Mammon by Leon Gellert

The Cry Of Mammon by Leon Gellert

The dazzling earth is rich with easy thrones.The corn is golden in the golden sun.The amber day is set with blazing stones,And yellow kingdoms waiting to be won.The ruby cries,' ...

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The Husband by Leon Gellert

The Husband by Leon Gellert

Yes, I have slain, and taken moving lifeFrom bodies. Yea! And laughed upon the taking;And, having slain, have whetted still the knifeFor more and more, and heeded not the makingOf ...

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The Speech Of Flattery by Leon Gellert

The Speech Of Flattery by Leon Gellert

See how he lies, still mighty in his ease,The fields' huge fear, the terrifying saint;And nothing needed but his straightened knees,A polished helm,-perhaps a little paint.His ...

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Sights by Leon Gellert

Sights by Leon Gellert

I saw a singer singing to a crowd,-Singing of laughing life,- and all the whileHe sang in tones so shrilly loud,Not one man had a smile.I saw a fiddler from a broken plainPlaying ...

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The Moving Of The Shades by Leon Gellert

The Moving Of The Shades by Leon Gellert

The black revolving depths have moved and stirredwith news. their Lord has cried. 'Send these, and these.'Swift feet awake. Shapes speed. The dreadful wordresounds along the ...

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The Dead by Leon Gellert

The Dead by Leon Gellert

These there were, who lost their everything.Gave all! And left the earth a vaster sphereIn memories: a song or two to sing,Some takes to tell, some thoughts to think,more nearTo ...

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The Grey World by Leon Gellert

The Grey World by Leon Gellert

Grey nights in the wind,And the grey-faced dead.Grey hairs in my head,And grey eyes in my mind.Grey mists in the morn,And grey waves that rave,Grey mould on my grave,And grey eyes ...

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The Cross by Leon Gellert

The Cross by Leon Gellert

'I wear a cross of bronze,' he said,'and men have told me I was brave.'He turned his head,And pointing to a grave,'they told me that my work of war was done.'His fierce mouth ...

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The Old And The New by Leon Gellert

The Old And The New by Leon Gellert

Mars! Mars!Thy clashing sword was keenAnd glittering with stars.Thine armour sheenShone to the terrored sky,And o’er the bodies of thy foesWith open blowsDidst step to ...

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The Invocation Of Jealousy by Leon Gellert

The Invocation Of Jealousy by Leon Gellert

The conquered world is bowed and worshipful,And lovely Peace smooth-gowned in lightest greyCries, 'War is Dead' and treads upon it's skull.While silken women walk their rosy ...

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The Advice Of Treachery by Leon Gellert

The Advice Of Treachery by Leon Gellert

This well-feigned trance, this still andstupored sleepis aptly timed, and nobly fits the scheme.The cloud-encircled Sword with Night may creepBeside the gates, and catch the world ...

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The Influence Of Lust by Leon Gellert

The Influence Of Lust by Leon Gellert

With padded feet from out his own dark denComes smiling Lust, once fair and hard toplease,But now long overworked with dabbling men,Who cry, 'We've tasted this and tired of ...

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Now ‘neath The Cool Stars by Leon Gellert

Now ‘neath The Cool Stars by Leon Gellert

Now ‘neath the cool starsI know thee more.Here where the world warsBy the winding shore.Here by the whirling shellI know thee most;Here where a thousand fellOn a battered ...

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One Who Died: In Memory Of E.W.T.S. by Leon Gellert

One Who Died: In Memory Of E.W.T.S. by Leon Gellert

I mind they told me on a noisy hillI sat and disbelieved, and shook my head:“Impossible! Impossible! but stillthese other men have died, and others bled”.Knees clasped, I sat and ...

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The Return by Leon Gellert

The Return by Leon Gellert

I have come home again!Dawn is a dream to meLying here, soon to beClinging, awaking;See where ’tis breakingMockingly, mistily!I have come home again!I have come home again!Blithe ...

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The Hawk by Leon Gellert

The Hawk by Leon Gellert

Swoop! Swoop!From dizzy skies thou singestTo the shining earth.To where unseenAmid the greenUntimely death thou bringestTo unseeing mirth.Upon a dark crag peeringThrough ...

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The Change by Leon Gellert

The Change by Leon Gellert

Last year I heard the songs of birds,And heard the trumpets of the bees.I caught the winding river’s words,And clutched at leaves of trees.I heard the gales upon the height;And ...

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