John Liddell Kelly
Biography of John Liddell Kelly
Born near Airdrie, Scotland, 19th February, 1850. John Liddell Kelly left school at the age of eleven and was self-educated afterwards. He married in 1870 and emigrated to New Zeland in 1880.
He worked as a Sub-editor for the Auckland Star and as editor for the Auckland Observer. Mr Kelly also has served as assistant editor for the Lyttelton Times and editor of the New Zealand Times.
John Liddell Kelly's Works:
Tahiti, the Land of Love and Beauty (Auckland, 1885)
Tarawera, or the Curse of Tuhoto (Auckland, 1887)
Zealandia's Jubilee (Auckland, 1890)
Heather and Fern (Wellington, 1902)
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John Liddell Kelly Poems
More than a fleshly immortality Is mine. Though I myself return again To dust, my qualities of heart and brain, Of soul and spirit, shall not cease to be.
At twenty-five I cast my horoscope, And saw a future with all good things rife -- A firm assurance of eternal life In worlds beyond, and in this world the hope
The Christian Philosopher's A.B.C.
Alone and hopeless in a world of woe, By friends deceived, and spurned by many a foe, Can man exist, and think, and act, nor feel Despondency o'er all his being steal?
At twenty-five I cast my horoscope,
And saw a future with all good things rife --
A firm assurance of eternal life
In worlds beyond, and in this world the hope
Of deathless fame. But now my sun doth slope
To setting, and the toil of sordid strife,
The care of food and raiment, child and wife,
Have dimmed and narrowed all my spirit's scope.