Joseph Furphy

(1843 - 1912 / Australia)

Joseph Furphy Poems

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