James Lister Cuthbertson
James Lister Cuthbertson, poet-schoolmaster, was born on 8 May 1851 in Glasgow, Scotland, the eldest son of William Gilmour Cuthbertson and his wife Jane Agnes Lister. He boarded at Trinity College, Glenalmond, Perthshire, in 1861-69 and in 1872 obtained a postmastership at Merton College, Oxford, as an Indian Civil Service probationer. But he failed in a periodical service examination and so ... more »
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James Lister Cuthbertson Poems
The Australian Sunrise
The Morning Star paled slowly, the Cross hung low to the sea, And down the shadowy reaches the tide came swirling free, The lustrous purple blackness of the soft Australian night, Waned in the gray awakening that heralded the light;
GIVE us from dawn to dark Blue of Australian skies, Let there be none to mark Whither our pathway lies.
Wattle and Myrtle
Gold of the tangled wilderness of wattle, Break in the lone green hollows of the hills, Flame on the iron headlands of the ocean, Gleam on the margin of the hurrying rills.
At Cape Schanck
Down to the lighthouse pillar The rolling woodland comes, Gay with the gold of she-oaks And the green of the stunted gums,
This is the maiden Solitude, too fair For mortal eyes to gaze on--she who dwells In the lone valley where the water wells Clear from the marble, where the mountain air
I TWINED a wreath of heather white To bind my lady’s hair, And deemed her locks in even light Would well the burden bear;
Ode to Apollo
"Tandem venias precamur Nube candentes humeros amictus Augur Apollo."
AUSTRALIA! land of lonely lake And serpent-haunted fen; Land of the torrent and the fire And forest-sundered men:
To a Billy
OLD BILLY—battered, brown and black With many days of camping, Companion of the bulging sack, And friend in all our tramping:
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The Australian Sunrise
The Morning Star paled slowly, the Cross hung low to the sea,
And down the shadowy reaches the tide came swirling free,
The lustrous purple blackness of the soft Australian night,
Waned in the gray awakening that heralded the light;
Still in the dying darkness, still in the forest dim
The pearly dew of the dawning clung to each giant limb,
Till the sun came up from ocean, red with the cold sea mist,
And smote on the limestone ridges, and the shining tree-tops kissed;
Then the fiery Scorpion vanished, the magpie's note was heard,
And the wind in the she-oak ...