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Birthday Lines For K.B.

Joseph Furphy 1843 (Yering, Victoria) – 1912 (Claremont)



Life is a Poem, short or long,
A dismal Dirge, or jovial Song,
A Psalm of faith, or Lay of Pride,
One stanza by each year supplied.

And thy sweet Hymn of love and truth,
A carol of unfading youth,
Which God hath given thee to rehearse,
Enlightening others' chequered way,
Is strengthened by a further verse
Upon the gracious April day.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Scheme AABB CCDEDE
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 343
Words 64
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 6

Joseph Furphy

Joseph Furphy is widely regarded as the "Father of the Australian novel". He mostly wrote under the pseudonym Tom Collins and is best known for his novel Such Is Life (1903), regarded as an Australian classic. more…

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