Henry Lawson

(17 June 1867 – 2 September 1922 / Grenfell, New South Wales)

Henry Lawson Poems

401. The Men We Might Have Been 1/3/2003
402. The Teams 12/31/2002
403. The Iron Wedding Rings 1/1/2004
404. A Mixed Battle Song 3/26/2010
405. A Fantasy Of War 3/26/2010
406. A Derry On A Cove 3/26/2010
407. Reedy River 1/1/2004
408. The Old Bark School 1/1/2004
409. A Little Mistake 3/26/2010
410. A Voice From The City 3/26/2010
411. The Never-Never Country 1/3/2003
412. Sez You 1/1/2004
413. I'Ll Tell You What You Wanderers 1/1/2004
414. In The Street 1/1/2004
415. A New John Bull 3/26/2010
416. A Dan Yell 3/26/2010
417. All Ashore! 3/26/2010
418. One Hundred And Three 3/29/2010
419. The Lights Of Cobb & Co. 1/1/2004
420. 39 3/29/2010
421. The City Bushman 12/31/2002
422. Mount Bukaroo 12/31/2002
423. Peter Anderson And Co. 12/31/2002
424. The Heart Of Australia 1/1/2004
425. Said Grenfell To My Spirit 1/1/2004
426. A Slight Misunderstanding At The Jasper Gate 3/26/2010
427. The Fight At Eureka Stockade 1/1/2004
428. Republican Pioneers 1/1/2004
429. The Sliprails And The Spur 12/31/2002
430. The Wreck Of The `derry Castle' 12/31/2002
431. When Hopes Ran High 3/27/2010
432. A Mate Can Do No Wrong 3/26/2010
433. The Song Of Australia 1/1/2004
434. Cinderella 3/26/2010
435. My Land And I 1/1/2004
436. As Good As New 3/26/2010
437. Victory 1/1/2004
438. Poverty 3/26/2010
439. On The Wallaby 1/3/2003
440. Andy's Return 3/26/2010

Comments about Henry Lawson

  • hethin wils0n (11/13/2017 5:54:00 PM)

    you pomes are good. and the pome that I rilry

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  • Garry Sharp (8/7/2013 7:41:00 AM)

    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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  • Ruby Honeytip Ruby Honeytip (11/24/2012 12:15:00 AM)

    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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  • Atlas Atlas (5/7/2012 5:29:00 AM)

    he is the best poet and he is an inspiration

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  • Jann Rau Jann Rau (4/28/2012 11:01:00 PM)

    What cool poems, reminds me of the late Barry Crump

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  • Sara Smith (1/23/2012 5:25:00 AM)

    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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  • Lynda Cracknell (9/30/2011 7:21:00 PM)

    Can anyone tell me what publication (if any) contains the poem about Lake Eliza? I see it's now on poemhunter, but we were once told it wasn't published anywhere. Not sure whether that was true or not.

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  • Joan Solomon (10/13/2008 12:40:00 PM)

    I enjoy the poetry, but I wish there was a dictionary for terms that make no sense to me. (sliprails, select)

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  • Stiffy Tiffy (3/6/2006 4:27:00 PM)

    i really liked ur poem after all u did a really good job on it

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  • Chezz Lr (12/24/2005 9:07:00 PM)

    where is the waterlilly? ..... i cant find the poem 'The Water-Lilly' does any one know where i could find it?

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Best Poem of Henry Lawson

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 --
I'm too knocked up to light a fire and bile the billy now.

Oh it's trampin', trampin', tra-a-mpin', in flies an' dust an' heat,
Or it's trampin' trampin' tra-a-a-mpin'
through mud and slush 'n sleet;
It's tramp an' tramp for tucker -- one everlastin' strife,
An' wearin' out yer boots an' heart in the wastin' of yer life.

They whine ...

Read the full of Knocked Up

`for'Ard'


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 straight 'n' honest path;
But their linen's rather scanty, an' there isn't any bath --
Stowed away like ewes and wethers that is shore 'n' marked 'n' draft.
But the shearers of the shearers always seem to travel aft;
In the cushioned cabins, aft,
With saloons 'n' smoke-rooms, aft --

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