The Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon: Including Several Never before Printed

The Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon: Including Several Never before Printed

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The Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon: Including Several Never before Printed

The Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon: Including Several Never before Printed

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In this edition of the Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon I have followed the text of his Sea-Spray and Smoke- Drift (1867), Ashtaroth (1867), and Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes (1870). I have taken no liberties with the published text, though certain of the originals have been in my hands. I have contented myself with rearranging the poems in groups according to their subject or character, so that those who are interested in Gordon as a horse-poet may find his horse-poems together, and those who are interested in his best and most serious work may find the poems which they look for together. I have given 'The Sick Stockrider' the pride of place, with 'How We Beat the Favourite' almost immediately below it, because it is on these two poems that Gordon's fame, justly or unjustly, chiefly rests. They are closely followed by the thirteen parts of 'Ye Wearie Wayfarer' and 'Hippodromania,' in which occur many of those lines which have become proverbs in Australia, such as:

'No game was ever yet worth a rap For a rational man to play, Into which no accident, no mishap, Could possibly find its way.'

In the volume I have been able to include several pieces never before printed. I have also added a . . .

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