Henry Lawson

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

Henry Lawson Poems

161. Stand By The Engines 3/29/2010
162. The Vanguard [11] 3/27/2010
163. The Vote Of Thanks Debate 3/27/2010
164. The Dons Of Spain 1/1/2004
165. The Bush Fire 3/26/2010
166. The Cattle-Dog's Death 3/26/2010
167. The Old Jimmy Woodser 1/1/2004
168. Riding Round The Lines 3/26/2010
169. The Babies Of Walloon 3/26/2010
170. Song Of The Old Bullock-Driver 3/26/2010
171. Talbragar 3/26/2010
172. That Pretty Girl In The Army 3/26/2010
173. Spread The Truth! 3/26/2010
174. The Afterglow 3/26/2010
175. Shearer’s Song 3/26/2010
176. Constable M‘carty’s Investigations 3/26/2010
177. Cypher Seven [07] 3/26/2010
178. The Writer's Dream 3/27/2010
179. The Watch On The Kerb 3/27/2010
180. The Vanguard [1] 3/27/2010
181. Joseph’s Dreams And Reuben's Brethren [a Recital In Six Chapters] 3/26/2010
182. The Great Grey Plain 12/31/2002
183. The Days When We Went Swimming 3/26/2010
184. The Ballad Of The Black-Sheep 3/26/2010
185. Seaweed, Tussock And Fern 3/26/2010
186. Robbie's Statue 3/26/2010
187. Till All The Bad Things Came Untrue 3/27/2010
188. Victor 3/27/2010
189. On The Summit Of Mt. Clarence 3/29/2010
190. Otherside 3/29/2010
191. Peddling Round The World 3/26/2010
192. Pigeon Toes 3/26/2010
193. Queen Hilda Of Virland 1/1/2004
194. The Grog-An'Grumble Steeplechase 1/1/2004
195. Sydney-Side 3/26/2010
196. Shearers Dream 3/26/2010
197. The Rhyme Of The Three Greybeards 1/1/2004
198. The Man Who Raised Charlestown 1/1/2004
199. Sheoaks That Sigh When The Wind Is Still 3/26/2010
200. In The Height Of Fashion 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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