Learn More

Sir Henry Parkes

(1815 - 1896 / Australia)

Solitude


Where the mocking lyre-bird calls
To its mate among the falls
Of the mountain streams that play,
Each adown its tortuous way;
When the dewy-fingered even
Veils the narrowed glimpse of heaven,
Where the morning re-illumes
Gullies full of ferny plumes,
And the roof of radiance weaves
Through high-hanging vault of leaves;
There ’mid giant turpentines,
Groups of climbing, clustering vines,
Rocks that stand like sentinels
Guarding native citadels,
Lowly flowering shrubs that grace
With their beauty all the place,
There I love to wander lonely
With my dog companion only;
There, indulge unworldly moods
In the mountain solitudes;
Far from all the gilded strife
Of our boasted “social life,”
Contemplating, spirit-free,
The majestic company,
Grandly marching through the ages—
Heroes, martyrs, bards, and sages—
They who bravely suffered long,
By their struggles waxing strong,
For the freedom of the mind,
For the rights of humankind.
Oh, for some awakening cause,
Where we face eternal laws,
Where we dare not turn aside,
Where the souls of men are tried—
Something of a nobler strife,
Which consumes the dross of life,
To unite to truer aim,
To exalt to loftier fame,
Leave behind the bats and balls,
Leave the racers in the stalls,
Leave the cards for ever shuffled,
Leave the yacht on seas unruffled,
Leave the haunts of pampered ease,
Leave your dull festivities—
Better far the savage glen,
Fitter school for earnest men.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Solitude by Sir Henry Parkes )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  4. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  8. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love .., Pablo Neruda
  9. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
  10. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas

Poem of the Day

poet Li Po

Amongst the flowers I
am alone with my pot of wine
drinking by myself; then lifting
my cup I asked the moon
to drink with me, its reflection
and mine in the wine cup, just
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

poet Marvin Brato Sr

New Poems

  1. remplaçable, Lubinda Lubinda
  2. Human Nature, Merton Lee
  3. Those Moments Of Weakness لحظات الضعف هذه, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  4. Money (Cedi), Ghana Green Poetry Foundation
  5. Off the Rez, Smoky Hoss
  6. As an emigrant كمهاجر, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  7. Two Little Boats, Ghana Green Poetry Foundation
  8. The Golden Swan, Ghana Green Poetry Foundation
  9. As a passer-bye, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  10. Love is Blue, Ghana Green Poetry Foundation
[Hata Bildir]