William Henry Ogilvie
William Henry Ogilvie Poems
- The Bush, My Lover The camp-fire gleams resistance To every...
- Drought My road is fenced with the bleached, white bones ...
- The Australian The skies that arched his land were ...
- My Hat! The hats of a man may be many In the course of a ...
- Foxhound Puppies Great big lolloping lovable things! Rolling...
- From The Gulf Store cattle from Nelanjie! The mob goes ...
- His Gippsland Girl Now, money was scarce and work was slack ...
Born in Kelso, Scotland, Ogilvie moved to Australia at the age of twenty. One of his reasons for leaving his homeland was his admiration of the writer Adam Lindsay Gordon and like Gordon, a great love for horses. When he arrived in Australia he found work as a drover, a breaker, and a musterer. He worked at Maroupe, located in South Australia as well as Belalie on the Warrego. It was during this time that he began writing, his poetry focusing on the Outback life and it's many adventures in an acclamatory, romantic verse. Ogilvie had many of his works published in the Mount Gambier Border Watch, the Australasian and the Bulletin. A couple of years before his return to Scotland in 1901 he ... more »
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The Bush, My Lover
The camp-fire gleams resistance
To every twinkling star;
The horse-bells in the distance
Are jangling faint and far;
Through gum-boughs torn and lonely
The passing breezes sigh;
In all the world are only
My star-crowned Gove and I.
The still night wraps Macquarie;
The white moon, drifting slow,
Takes back her silver glory
From watching waves below;
To dalliance I give over
Though half the world may chide,
And clasp my one true Lover
Here on Macquarie side.
The loves of earth grow olden
Or kneel at some new shrine; ...