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 Gentle Water Bird (For Mary Gilmore) 4/10/2010
6. The Crane Is My Neighbour 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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Love's Coming

QUIETLY as rosebuds
Talk to thin air,
Love came so lightly
I knew not he was there.

Quietly as lovers
Creep at the middle noon,
Softly as players tremble
In the tears of a tune;

Quietly as lilies
Their faint vows declare,
Came the shy pilgrim:
I knew not he was there.

Quietly as tears fall
On a wild sin,
Softly as griefs call
In a violin;

Without hail or tempest,
Blue sword or flame,
Love came so lightly
I knew not that he ...

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Schoolgirls Hastening

Fear it has faded and the night:
The bells all peal the hour of nine:
The schoolgirls hastening through the light
Touch the unknowable Divine.

What leavening in my heart would bide!
Full dreams a thousand deep are there:
All luminants succumb beside
The unbound melody of hair.