Victor James Daley
Victor James Daley Poems
- Aphrodite On a golden dawn in the dawn sublime Of years ere ...
- The Voice Of The Soul In Youth, when through our veins runs ...
- At Dawn And Dusk At Dawn and Dusk Love-Laurel IN MEMORY OF ...
- The Woman At The Washtub The Woman at the Washtub, She ...
- Brunette When trees in Spring Are blossoming My lady ...
- Anna The pale discrowned stacks of maize, ...
- Years Ago THE old dead flowers of bygone summers, The old...
Victor James William Patrick Daley was an Australian poet.
He was born at the Navan, County Armagh, Ireland, and was educated at the Christian Brothers at Devonport in England. He arrived in Australia in 1878, and became a freelance journalist and writer in both Melbourne and Sydney. Whilst in Melbourne, he met and became a friend of Marcus Clarke; later, in Sydney, he became acquainted with Henry Kendall. He is notable for becoming the first author in Australia who tried to earn a living from writing alone. In Sydney in 1898, he founded the bohemian Dawn and Dusk Club, which had many notable members such as writer Henry Lawson. He died at Sydney of tuberculosis.
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On a golden dawn in the dawn sublime
Of years ere the stars had ceased to sing,
Beautiful out of the sea-deeps cold
Aphrodite arose—the Flower of Time—
That, dear till the day of her blossoming,
The old, old Sea had borne in his heart.
Around her worshipping waves did part
Tremulous—glowing in rose and gold.
And the birds broke forth into singing sweet,
And flowers born scentless breathed perfume:
Softly she smiled upon Man forlorn,
And the music of love in his wild heart beat,
And down to the pit went his gods of gloom,
And earth grew bright and fair as...