Joseph Furphy

(1843 - 1912 / Australia)

Joseph Furphy Poems

1. The Gumsucker's Dirge 4/20/2010
2. Birthday Lines For K.B. 4/20/2010
3. Elegy Of Lincoln 4/20/2010
4. A Psalm Of Fortitude 4/20/2010
5. The Death Of President Lincoln 4/20/2010
6. Impromptu Lines 4/20/2010
7. Are You The Cove? 1/1/2004
8. The Bullfrog Bell 4/20/2010
9. Virtues That Pay 4/20/2010
10. The Fly In The Ointment 4/20/2010
11. Autograph Verses 4/20/2010
12. In Memoriam 4/20/2010
13. Finis. Time. 4/20/2010
14. A Psalm Of Patience 4/20/2010
15. A Psalm Of Resignation 4/20/2010
16. A Psalm Of Subjection 4/20/2010
17. A S.S.T.'s Lament 4/20/2010
18. A Christmas Greeting To K.B. 4/20/2010
19. A Christmas Hymn 4/20/2010
20. A Psalm Of Councel 4/20/2010
21. Glory To God; To Men Good Will! 4/20/2010
22. Lines For Lizer-Jane's Album. 4/20/2010
23. The Schoolhouse On The Plain 4/20/2010
24. Brahm 4/20/2010
25. Breaking The News 4/20/2010
26. What The Heart Of The Poet Said To The 'Bulletin' 4/20/2010
Best Poem of Joseph Furphy

The Gumsucker's Dirge

Sing the evil days we see, and the worse that are to be,
In such doggerel as dejection will allow,
We are pilgrims, sorrow-led, with no Beulah on ahead,
No elysian Up the Country for us now.

For the settlements extend till they seem to have no end;
Spreading silently, you can't tell when or how;
And a home-infested land stretches out on every hand,
So there is no Up the Country for us now.

On the six-foot Mountain peak, up and down the dubious creek,
Where the cockatoos alone should make a row,
There the rooster tears his throat, to announce with...

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Are You The Cove?

“Are you the Cove?” he spoke the words
As swagmen only can;
The Squatter freezingly inquired,
“What do you mean, my man?”

“Are you the Cove?” his voice was stern,
His look was firm and keen;
Again the Squatter made reply,
"I don’t know what you mean."

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