Mary E Fullerton

(1868 - 1946)

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Mary Fullerton was born in a bark hut in Glenmaggie, Victoria. She grew to become a strong campaigner on behalf of feminist issues and a dedicated writer. She contributed many poems and articles to journals and newspapers using the name ‘Alpenstock’. She wrote volumes of poetry and fiction, descriptive work, and her childhood reminiscences.
In 1922 Fullerton sailed for England to become a ... more »

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The Skull

O BOWL that held the hot imprisoned fire,
Cup where the sacred essence used to burn—
That fluent essence that shall ne’er return—
Old home of Aspiration and Desire:
What art thou now to honour and admire?
A thing inconsequential one might spurn,
Thou art not e’en the scattered ashes’ urn;—
Husk of the spirit that shall not expire.

Thou cage and shell of ancient busy Thought,
Nurse-house of Soul, the domicile of him
Long fled thy osseous walls that Nature wrought
To please proud Time’s caprice and passing whim; ...

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