William Gay

(1812 - 1897 / England)

William Gay Poems

1. Australia Infelix 1/1/2004
2. To M. 1/1/2004
3. Life From 1835 To 1851 4/21/2010
4. Primroses 4/21/2010
5. A Sonnet Of Faith 9/6/2012
6. Dirge 9/6/2012
7. Love's Menu: Pommes De Terre Frites 9/6/2012
8. Resurge 9/6/2012
9. The Singer 9/6/2012
10. The Sorrowful Fate Of Bartholomew Jones 9/6/2012
11. To A Nurse 9/6/2012
12. Australia 1894 1/1/2004
13. Milford Sound In Winter 9/6/2012
14. No My Friends No! 4/21/2010
15. A Sonnet Of Battle 1/1/2004
16. The Ex Official's Lament 4/21/2010
17. The War Of The Ghosts 9/6/2012
18. Storm 9/6/2012
19. Australian Federation 1/1/2004
20. Love's Infinity 9/6/2012
21. Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum 1/1/2004
22. The Crazy World 1/1/2004

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The Crazy World

THE WORLD did say to me,
‘My bread thou shalt not eat,
I have no place for thee
In house nor field nor street.

‘I have on land nor sea
For thee nor home nor bread,
I scarce can give to thee
A grave when thou art dead.’

‘O crazy World,’ said I,
‘What is it thou canst give,
Which wanting, I must die,
Or having, I shall live?

‘When thou thy all hast spent,
And all thy harvests cease,
I still have nutriment
That groweth by decrease.

‘Thy streets will pass away,

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Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum

O steep and rugged Life, whose harsh ascent
Slopes blindly upward through the bitter night!
They say that on thy summit, high in light,
Sweet rest awaits the climber, travel-spent;
But I, alas, with dusty garments rent,
With fainting heart and failing limbs and sight,
Can see no glimmer of the shining height,
And vainly list, with body forward bent,
To catch athwart the gloom one wandering note

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