Roderic Quinn

(1867 - 1949 / Australia)

Roderic Quinn Poems

81. At The Tide's Will 4/16/2010
82. After Cattle 4/16/2010
83. The Lotus-Flower 1/4/2003
84. Stars In The Sea 1/1/2004
85. An Empty Room 4/16/2010
86. God's Answer 4/16/2010
87. The Soul Of The Anzac 4/16/2010
88. A Wardrobe 4/16/2010
89. Doing Nothing 4/16/2010
90. A Song Of Keats 4/16/2010

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A Song Of Keats

'TIS a tarnished book and old,
Edges frayed and covers green!
But, between the covers, gold —
Gold and jewels in between.
And this written (see, O see!
How old Time has made it dim)
'For one song Keats gave to me
I kneel down and worship him.'
He who wrote these lines is dust;
All of him is passed away;
Some hand closed his eyes, I trust,
Drew the blind to darken day.
Did lips kiss him at the end,
Love-lips tremulous yet brave?
Had he mistress, child, or friend
To sow green grass upon his grave?
Nay, we know not — it is long
Since he tired of ...

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The Circling Hearths

MY Countrymen, though we are young as yet
With little history, nought to show
Of lives enleagued against a foreign foe,
Torn flags and triumph, glory or regret;
Still some things make our kinship sweet,
Some deeds inglorious but of royal worth,
As when with tireless arms and toiling feet
We felled the tree and tilled the earth.

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