John Shaw Neilson

(22 February 1872 – 12 May 1942 / Penola, South Australia)

John Shaw Neilson Poems

1. Song For A Singer 4/10/2010
2. In The Dim Counties 4/10/2010
3. Old Granny Sullivan 4/10/2010
4. Tell Summer That I Died 4/10/2010
5. The Crane Is My Neighbour 4/10/2010
6. The Gentle Water Bird (For Mary Gilmore) 4/10/2010
7. The Poor Can Feed The Birds 4/10/2010
8. The Loving Tree 4/10/2010
9. The Green Singer 1/1/2004
10. To A Blue Flower 4/10/2010
11. Schoolgirls Hastening 1/1/2004
12. You And Yellow Air 1/1/2004
13. Song Be Delicate 1/1/2004
14. May 1/1/2004
15. The Break Of Day 1/1/2004
16. Native Companions Dancing 1/1/2004
17. A Protest And A Protest 1/1/2004
18. The Meeting Of Sighs 1/1/2004
19. The Smoker Parrot 1/1/2004
20. The Land Where I Was Born 1/1/2004
21. The Poor, Poor Country 1/1/2004
22. Love's Coming 1/1/2004
23. The Orange Tree 1/1/2004
24. O Heart Of Spring 1/1/2004
25. Beauty Imposes 1/1/2004

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O Heart Of Spring

O HEART of Spring!
Spirit of light and love and joyous day,
So soon to faint beneath the fiery Summer:
Still smiles the Earth, eager for thee alway:
Welcome art thou, soever short thy stay,
Thou bold, thou blithe newcomer!
Whither, O whither this thy journeying,
O heart of Spring?

O heart of Spring!
After the stormy days of Winter’s reign,
When the keen winds their last lament are sighing,
The Sun shall raise thee up to life again:
In thy dim death thou shalt not suffer pain:
Surely thou ...

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The Meeting Of Sighs

YOUR voice was the rugged
old voice that I knew;
I gave the best grip of
my greeting to you.
I knew not of your lips—
you knew not of mine;
Of travel and travail
we gave not a sign.

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