Barron Field was born October 23, 1786 in England. He arrived in Australia in 1816 to serve as judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. In 1819 the government printer published Field's First Fruits of Australian Poetry which contained two poems and is generally regarded as the first book of poetry to be published in Australia.
The only Australian publication ever reviewed by Charles Lamb, whose lukewarm eulogy appeared in the “Examiner” in 1820. After saying something about the author, who had quitted his friends, his family, and his pleasing avocations, “to go and administer tedious justice in inauspicious and unliterary Thiefland,” Lamb goes on to say: — “The First Fruits... more »
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Barron Field Poems
Kanagaroo, Kangaroo! Thou Spirit of Australia, That redeems from utter failure, From perfect desolation,
GOD of this Planet! for the name best fits The purblind view, which men of this "dim spot" Can take of THEE, the GOD Of Suns and Spheres! What desert forests, and what barren plains,
Sonnet On Affixing A Tablet To The Memor...
I have been musing what our Banks had said And Cook, had they had second sight, that here (Where fifty years ago the first they were
On Visiting The Spot Where Captain Cook ...
Here fix the tablet. This must be the place Where our Columbus of the South did land. He saw the Indian village on that sand
On Reading The Controversy Between Lord ...
WHETHER a ship's poetic? -- Bowles would own, If here he dwelt, where Nature is prosaic, Unpicturesque, unmusical, and where Nature-reflecting Art is not yet born; --
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Thou Spirit of Australia,
That redeems from utter failure,
From perfect desolation,
And warrants the creation
Of this fifth part of the Earth,
Which would seem an after-birth,
Not conceiv'd in the Beginning
(For GOD bless'd His work at first,
And saw that it was good),
But emerg'd at the first sinning,
When the ground was therefore curst; --
And hence this barren wood!
Tho' at first sight we should say,
In thy nature that there may
Contradiction be involv'd,
Yet, like discord ...