William Gay Poems
- The Crazy World THE WORLD did say to me, ‘My bread thou ...
- Australian Federation FROM all division let our land be free,...
- The Ex Official's Lament Alas alas! my power is gone; I ...
- A Sonnet Of Battle RELUCTANT Morn, whose meagre radiance lies...
- Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum O steep and rugged Life, whose harsh...
- Primroses They shine upon my table there, A constellation ...
- To M. IF in the summer of thy bright regard For one brief...
William Gay was born in Bratton, Devonshire on 25 Feb 1812.
In 1834 he joined the crew of "Medway" as a carpenter and worked his way to Hobart where he arrived 21 July 1835. For the next eighteen months he stayed with the ship as it plied between Sydney and Hobart, eventually leaving the ship in Hobart on 26 January 1836. He had tried to convince his girlfriend in England to come ... more »
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The Crazy World
THE WORLD did say to me,
‘My bread thou shalt not eat,
I have no place for thee
In house nor field nor street.
‘I have on land nor sea
For thee nor home nor bread,
I scarce can give to thee
A grave when thou art dead.’
‘O crazy World,’ said I,
‘What is it thou canst give,
Which wanting, I must die,
Or having, I shall live?
‘When thou thy all hast spent,
And all thy harvests cease,
I still have nutriment
That groweth by decrease.
‘Thy streets will pass away,