Bell birds

“…. softer than slumber and sweeter than singing,

the notes of the bell-birds are running and ringing”

Continuing the poetic theme from yesterday, Henry Kendall‘s poem Bell Birds was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 25 November 1867 two years before the poem was included in Kendall’s Leaves from Australian Forests.

1827 ode to Macquarie Lighthouse

Some verse for the weekend and a link to Macquarie Lighthouse and its history.



Behold, on yonder cliff, a beacon shines

Whose torch-light thus a brilliant blaze displays;

It shines to guide the sun-tossed mariner

Across his trackless, rough, and watery ways.

Bush is the star of sweet celestial Hope

That through the shades of mortal woe, beams bright

And helps the good man o’er life’s troubled sea

To happy regions of eternal light

Thursday July 12, 1827   E O’S

Sydney Gazette – 16 July 1827

Will you, old turnip, be my Valentine?

Sixty years ago, The Mail (Adelaide) printed a few, somewhat different, valentine verses of in cartoon form.  Here’s one example:

Another verse in the same set of cartoons, if you can manage it ….. from a ‘country boy’

Dear Sarah, be my Valentine

I’ll share my wealth if you’ll be mine.

And in your beaut new satin blouse

Oh you’d look bonzer* milking cows.

Bonzer– excellent.


On 9 February 1938, The Queenslander published two Modern Valentines by “Den”, a somewhat more experienced poet.  “Den” was C J Dennis (1876-1938) who gave Australia The Sentimental Bloke.  How could you resist?  “Will you, old turnip, be my Valentine?”  You will see that her response was equally amusing – “I’ve had you tabbed for ages” and “Why all the drivel?”   Happy Valentine’s Day.