Henry Lawson

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

Henry Lawson Poems

121. The Muscovy Duck 3/26/2010
122. The Lily And The Bee 3/26/2010
123. The Empty Glass 3/26/2010
124. The Ballad Of The Rousabout 3/26/2010
125. The Star Of Australasia 12/31/2002
126. The Men Who Come Behind 3/26/2010
127. The Drums Of Battersea 3/26/2010
128. The Separated Women 3/27/2010
129. The Tragedy 1/1/2004
130. The Cross-Roads 3/26/2010
131. The Man From Waterloo (With Kind Regards To Banjo) 3/26/2010
132. The Ballad Of Mabel Clare 3/26/2010
133. The Song Of Old Joe Swallow 12/31/2002
134. The Black Tracker (Or: Why He Lost The Track) 3/26/2010
135. The Western Stars 3/27/2010
136. The Emigration To New Zealand 3/26/2010
137. The Drovers 3/26/2010
138. The Cliffs 3/26/2010
139. The Old Stockman's Lament 3/26/2010
140. The Rush To London 3/27/2010
141. The World Is Full Of Kindness 3/27/2010
142. The Way I Treated Father [a Bush Song] 3/27/2010
143. The Way Of The World 3/27/2010
144. The Waving Of The Red 3/27/2010
145. They Can Only Drag You Down 3/27/2010
146. The Water 3/29/2010
147. The Cockney Soul 1/1/2004
148. The Author's Farewell To The Bushmen 3/26/2010
149. Take It Fightin’ 3/26/2010
150. Those Foreign Engineers 3/27/2010
151. The Wantaritencant 3/27/2010
152. The Pride That Comes After 3/27/2010
153. The Pink Carnation 3/27/2010
154. Sweethearts Wait On Every Shore 3/26/2010
155. The Army Of The Rear 3/26/2010
156. The Motor Car 3/26/2010
157. The Men Who Made Australia 3/26/2010
158. The Cambaroora Star 12/31/2002
159. The Heart Of The Swag 3/26/2010
160. The Crucifixion [the Light Of The World] 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

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 --
Then I'll play no second fiddle: I'm a prouder man than you!

If you think that your profession has the more gentility,
And that you are condescending to be seen along with me;
If you notice that I'm shabby while your clothes are spruce and new --
You have only got to hint it: I'm a prouder man than you!

If you have a swell companion when you see me on the street, ...

Read the full of A Prouder Man Than You

Shadows Before

"Like clouds o'er the South are the nations who reign
On fair islands that we would command;
But clouds that are darker and denser than these
Have sailed from an Isle in the Northern Seas
And rest on our Southern Land.

Low in dust is our Goddess of Liberty hurled
At our feet, and the time is at hand,
When we, the proud sons of the southern world,

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