Kerosine Bay

Henry Lawson 1867 (Grenfell) – 1922 (Sydney)



‘Tis strange on such a peaceful day
With white clouds flying o’er,
That foreign boats are in the bay
As prisoners of war.
The Harbour, where they quietly lay;
Smiles brightly as of yore.

Where never angry shot was fired
To alter peaceful plans;
Where British lumpers worked till tired
With Yacob and with Hans,
And ‘shouted’ when their work was done
For other ‘sailormans’.

And while we think of other lands
And what is doing there,
And while we think of what red hands
May wreak in our despair
How can the Harbour be so blue,
And the sky above so fair?

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABABAB CDCXXD EBEBXB
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 560
Words 106
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 6

Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson 17 June 1867 - 2 September 1922 was an Australian writer and poet Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period more…

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