Henry Lawson

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

Henry Lawson Poems

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

Comments about Henry Lawson

  • 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: ^)

  • Atlas Atlas (5/7/2012 5:29:00 AM)

    he is the best poet and he is an inspiration

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

    What cool poems, reminds me of the late Barry Crump

  • 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. :)

  • 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.

  • 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)

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

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

  • 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?

Best Poem of Henry Lawson

Andy's Gone With Cattle


Our Andy's gone to battle now
'Gainst Drought, the red marauder;
Our Andy's gone with cattle now
Across the Queensland border.

He's left us in dejection now;
Our hearts with him are roving.
It's dull on this selection now,
Since Andy went a-droving.

Who now shall wear the cheerful face
In times when things are slackest?
And who shall whistle round the place
When Fortune frowns her blackest?

Oh, who shall cheek the squatter now
When he comes round us snarling?
His tongue is growing hotter now
Since Andy ...

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At The Beating Of A Drum

Fear ye not the stormy future, for the Battle Hymn is strong,
And the armies of Australia shall not march without a song;
The glorious words and music of Australia's song shall come
When her true hearts rush together at the beating of a drum.

We may not be there to hear it – 'twill be written in the night,
And Australia's foes shall fear it in the hour before the fight.
The glorious words and music from a lonely heart shall come
When our sons shall rush to danger at the beating o

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