Robert Atkinson

(2 February 1881 – 6 February 1961 / Victoria / Australia)

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Rupert Atkinson (2 February 1881 – 6 February 1961) was an Australian poet.


E.J. Rupert Atkinson was born in Sandhurst, Victoria, and died in East Melbourne, Victoria, just after his eightieth birthday. Atkinson completed his high school education at Rugby School and Dover College, after commencing at St Andrew's College, Bendigo. He matriculated and studied ... more »

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On Manly Beach

IT has taken all time for that wave to swell,
Low-ridged, from the ocean over the bay.
While cEons withered and nations fell,
Precursors fixed for this moment's sway,
Till swift, like a frosted sword, should reach

Waters running with foam and spray,
Loud and white to the peopled beach,
In the sheen of the westering day.

Down, far down in the gulfs of Time,

Crumbling centuries, heap on heap,
Rot forgotten ere world and clime

Split the chaos of timeless sleep.
Numberless ages, in limitless space,

Bore this day that that wave might ...

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