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Henry Lawson was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia's "greatest writer". He was the son of the poet, publisher and feminist Louisa Lawson< ...

Henry Lawson Poems

1.
Andy's Gone With Cattle


Our Andy's gone to battle now
'Gainst Drought, the red marauder;
Our Andy's gone with cattle now
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2.
After All


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;
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3.
Faces In The Street


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
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4.
Knocked Up


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' brow --
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5.
A Prouder Man Than You


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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Henry Lawson Comments

Atlas Atlas 07 May 2012

he is the best poet and he is an inspiration

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Jann Rau 28 April 2012

What cool poems, reminds me of the late Barry Crump

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Ruby Honeytip 24 November 2012

His poems are sprinkled all through my life and I find it a comfort to wander through the legacy of his work. What a cracker of a poet he was: ^)

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Sara Smith 23 January 2012

I love Henry Lawson's work. Here's a reply to Lynda on Lake Eliza - I think you might find it in The Rising Of The Court by the man himself, published in 1910 but I have never seen an actual copy, just reproduced parts. There is a reference ISBN: 1920897437. :)

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Garry Sharp 07 August 2013

Joan, re terms A 'sliprail' is used. In place of a gate at the entrance of a stock yard. More than one rail can be used. They are slipped out of the way to permit animals to enter or leave the enclosure. They are mentioned in Henry's famous poem, The Sliprail and the Spur. 'Select' was the process of acquiring a parcel of land. It was a process of encouraging closer settlement of farming land and was a sub-division of a squatter's land. Have a look at Henry's The Free Selector's Daughter. Henry is indeed a genius. One of my favourites is Because of Her Father's Blood, also Booth's Drum 2

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suzanne milne 25 May 2021

my favoutire Song of the General Sick & Tiredness. So apt for today.

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Heidi D’Amelio 19 August 2020

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Dixie D’Amelio 19 August 2020

Hiii Charli? Dad? What are you doing here Lollll

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Marc D’Amelio 10 August 2020

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