Frank Dalby Davison

(23 June 1893 - 24 May 1970 / Hawthorn, Victoria)

With Deaths' Prophetic Ear - Poem by Frank Dalby Davison

Lay my rifle here beside me, set my Bible on my breast,
For a moment let the warning bugles cease;
As the century is closing I am going to my rest,
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Comments about With Deaths' Prophetic Ear by Frank Dalby Davison

  • Gold Star - 7,716 Points Frank Avon (4/13/2015 10:01:00 AM)

    OK, somebody clue me in. Who really wrote this poem? Or can we know? Was it John Andes? Or Frank Dalby Davison (an Australian writing about South Africa) ? Or 'an unknown poet, or, at least, one who is known only by the initials, L. J. O. B.'? (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,970 Points John Richter (4/13/2015 7:03:00 AM)

    I too was a little baffled by the city names and times... End of Century made me think of our own quasi war of 1799 (French-American) , but after reading his biography and doing a couple of place searches, I believe he is speaking of the Boer war in South Africa,1899. He would only have been 6 or 7 at the time, so it is a little boggling. But overall a very thoughtful poem, even if his memories were created by an older, returning generation... (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,635 Points Luis Estable (4/13/2015 5:14:00 AM)

    A poem that can be seen or read giving it a world of meaning this is. I caught most if it, but I wished I had undestood more. Well, that`s the way it goes sometimes with good or great poetry: we do not get it all, and we return to it again and again with the hope of more comprehention.

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  • Gold Star - 5,675 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (4/1/2014 11:14:00 AM)

    I learned some new Australian words... will have to look them up...sounds like a battle in Canada...I believe this to be a poem about a historic event...very nicely written...War is never pretty... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,675 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (4/1/2014 11:14:00 AM)

    I learned some new Australian words... will have to look them up...sounds like a battle in Canada...I believe this to be a poem about a historic event...very nicely written...War is never pretty... (Report) Reply








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