Henry Kendall

(18 April 1839 – 1 August 1882 / Ulladulla, New South Wales)

Blue Mountain Pioneers

Poem by Henry Kendall

The dauntless three! For twenty days and nights
These heroes battled with the haughty heights;
For twenty spaces of the star and sun
These Romans kept their harness buckled on;
By gaping gorges, and by cliffs austere,
These fathers struggled in the great old year.
Their feet they set on strange hills scarred by fire,
Their strong arms forced a path through brake and briar;
They fought with Nature till they reached the throne
Where morning glittered on the great UNKNOWN!
There, in a time with praise and prayer supreme,
Paused Blaxland, Lawson, Wentworth, in a dream;
There, where the silver arrows of the day
Smote slope and spire, they halted on their way.
Behind them were the conquered hills — they faced
The vast green West, with glad, strange beauty graced;
And every tone of every cave and tree
Was as a voice of splendid prophecy.


Comments about Blue Mountain Pioneers by Henry Kendall

  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (10/12/2019 11:32:00 PM)

    There, where the silver arrows of the day
    Smote and spire, they halted on their way....// excellent poetic expression(Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (10/11/2019 7:55:00 PM)

    Well articulated and nicely embellished with poetic rhyme and rhythm. A poignant creation written with insight.(Report)Reply

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  • Kingsley EgbukoleKingsley Egbukole (10/11/2019 4:31:00 PM)

    " They fought with Nature till they reached the throne" Determination tht led to success. Thanks for sharing. Kingsley Egbukole.(Report)Reply

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  • Dominic WindramDominic Windram (10/11/2019 3:48:00 AM)

    It looks like I stand corrected. I mistakenly thought it referred to the Blue Mountains of Virginia...I see it refers to Australia. Well I suppose that is another colonial settler society; where aboriginal people have been wiped off history's map.(Report)Reply

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  • Dominic WindramDominic Windram (10/11/2019 3:42:00 AM)

    A fitting tribute to all those pioneers who helped forge a new nation...beautifully written....although it's perhaps noteworthy that there is no mention of Native American people here.Such a glaring omission is necessary I suppose. Colonial settler states have to rely on their established poets/ artists to create epic, patriotic mythologies in order to justify their existence.I can think of several examples of where that still occurs in our modern world.(Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (10/11/2019 2:23:00 AM)

    Adventures and explorations of the old,
    beautifully depicted in rhyming couplets
    that makes a great reading.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (10/11/2018 10:31:00 AM)

    They fought with nature!

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (10/11/2018 4:36:00 AM)

    Descriptive verse, in rhyming couplets, displaying the rugged life those early settlers lived.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (10/11/2018 3:50:00 AM)

    Behind them were the conquered hills — they faced
    The vast green West, with glad, strange beauty graced;
    And every tone of every cave and tree
    Was as a voice of splendid prophecy........so touching and impressive. A beautiful poem so nicely executed.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010