Poems by Henry Lawson


Something Better was the first Lawson poem I ever read. My friend Chris from Sydney sent it to me in April 2020, with the remark: "In this time of the lamps of freedom flickering and guttering everywhere, it seemed a serendipitous discovery." Truer words have rarely been spoken. 't is the hope of something better that will save us in the end ‒ I get a smile on my face whenever I think of those lines.
I hope these poems speak to you like they did to me. May they convince you that our world ‒ notwithstanding all the crazy things that have been going on since the time Henry Lawson first penned them, from the War on Communism to the War on Drugs, the War on Terror and now the War on Bugs ‒ may these poems convince you nonetheless that our amazing Earth is a grand world after all!
The same poems have also been published as a book in 2022. More information about that here.

From In the Days When the World Was Wide, 1896:
The Drover's Sweetheart
After All
The Fire at Ross's Farm
A Prouder Man than You
The Ghost
In the Days when the World was Wide
From the journal New Australia, 1894:
Something better
From Verses, Popular and Humorous, 1900:
The Ships That Won't Go Down
The Men We Might Have Been
The Uncultured Rhymer to His Cultured Critics
The Jolly Dead March
From When I was King and Other Verses, 1905:
Will Yer Write It Down for Me?
From: My Army, O, My Army! And Other Songs, 1915:
A Fantasy of War
From: Selected Poems by Henry Lawson, 1918:

When Your Pants Begin To Go