William Gay

(1812 - 1897 / England)

William Gay Poems

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

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A Sonnet Of Battle

RELUCTANT Morn, whose meagre radiance lies
With doubtful glimmer on the farthest hills,
How long shall men, reiterant of their ills,
With peevish invocation bid thee rise
To burn to noontide glory in the skies
That now a gloom perplexed and starless fills,
And seek from thee and not their own strong wills
That perfect good which is not bought with sighs?
Why weep and wait for thee, though laggard, Morn,
With all thy joys of love and peace and light?
For us the mightier joy that rives the soul,
When, slaves no longer to...

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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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