Bernard O'Dowd

(11 April 1866 – 1 September 1953 / Beaufort)

Bernard O'Dowd Poems

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

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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:

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