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Bernard O'Dowd

(11 April 1866 – 1 September 1953 / Beaufort)

Poems of Bernard O'Dowd

1. Australia 1/1/2004
2. Envy 1/1/2004
3. Last Stanzas of the Bush 1/1/2004
4. Love and Sacrifice 1/1/2004
5. Love's Substitute 1/4/2003
6. May Day 1/1/2004
7. Our Duty 1/4/2003
8. Proletaria 1/1/2004
9. Sloth (I) & (II) 1/1/2004
10. The Cow 1/1/2004
11. The Poet 1/1/2004
12. True America's Message 1/1/2004
13. Young Democracy 1/1/2004

The Poet

THEY tell you the poet is useless and empty the sound of his lyre,
That science has made him a phantom, and thinned to a shadow his fire:
Yet reformer has never demolished a dungeon or den of the foe
But the flame of the soul of a poet pulsated in every blow.

They tell you he hinders with tinklings, with gags from an obsolete stage,
The dramas of deed and the worship of Laws in a practical age:
But the deeds of to-day are the children of magical dreams he has

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