Bernard O'Dowd

(11 April 1866 – 1 September 1953 / Beaufort)

Bernard O'Dowd Poems

1. The Bush 9/1/2014
2. Alma Venus! [excerpt] 9/1/2014
3. Bacchus [excerpt] 9/1/2014
4. A Keynote [extract] 9/1/2014
5. Dominions Of The Boundary 9/1/2014
6. Evensong 9/1/2014
7. Witch Of Our Wilderness 9/1/2014
8. Prosperity 9/1/2014
9. Auster Rampant! 9/1/2014
10. The Poet 1/1/2004
11. Envy 1/1/2004
12. Proletaria 1/1/2004
13. Sloth (I) & (Ii) 1/1/2004
14. Young Democracy 1/1/2004
15. Last Stanzas Of The Bush 1/1/2004
16. May Day 1/1/2004
17. Our Duty 1/4/2003
18. Australia 1/1/2004
19. True America's Message 1/1/2004
20. The Cow 1/1/2004
21. Love And Sacrifice 1/1/2004
22. Love's Substitute 1/4/2003
Best Poem of Bernard O'Dowd

Love's Substitute

This love, that dares not warm before its flame
   Our yearning hands, or from its tempting tree
Yield fruit we may consume, or let us claim
   In Hymen's scroll of happy heraldry
   The twining glyphs of perfect you and me --
May kindle social fires whence curls no blame,
   Find gardens where no fruits forbidden be,
And mottoes weave, unsullied by a shame.

For, love, unmothered Childhood wanly waits
   For such as you to cherish it to Youth:
   Raw social ...

Read the full of Love's Substitute

Last Stanzas Of The Bush

WHERE is Australia, singer, do you know?
These sordid farms and joyless factories,
Mephitic mines and lanes of pallid woe?
Those ugly towns and cities such as these
With incense sick to all unworthy power,
And all old sin in full malignant flower?
No! to her bourn her children still are faring:
She is a temple that we are to build:
For her the ages have been long preparing:

[Hata Bildir]