Hugh McCrae

(4 October 1876 - 17 February 1958 / Melbourne)

Biography of Hugh McCrae

Hugh McCrae poet

Hugh Raymond McCrae was an Australian writer.

McCrae was born in Melbourne, the son of the Australian author George Gordon McCrae. He was originally articled to an architect, but later took upon writing and acting, settling eventually in Sydney and Camden. His works are notable for a sense of lightness and delicacy, and he had produced, in addition to a volume of memoirs, a considerable body of verse, and a light operetta, an edition of his grandmother's journal, and a volume of prose pieces.

He wrote a fantasy play The Ship of Heaven which was produced by the Independent Theatre in 1933, for which Alfred Hill composed and conducted the music.

McCrae was well known to a number of distinguished figures in Australian artistic and literary circles. He is remembered for his friendships with Norman Lindsay and Kenneth Slessor, but he was also friendly with such figures as Christopher Brennan and Shaw Neilson.

Hugh McCrae's Works:

Satyrs and Sunlight (1909)
Columbone (1920)
Idyllia (1922)
Satyrs and Sunlight (1928; Fanfrolico Press)
The Mimshi Maiden (1938)
Poems (1939)
Forests of Pan (1944)
Voice of the Forest (1945)
Story-Book Only (1948)
The Ship of Heaven (1951)

My Father and My Fathers Friends. Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1935

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Never Again

SHE looked on me with sadder eyes than Death,
And, moving through the large, autumnal trees,
Failed like a phantom on the bitter breath
Of midnight; and the unillumined seas
Roared in the darkness out of centuries.

Never on earth, or in the holy sky,
Beyond the limits of the secret ring
God walls about His Kingdom jealously,