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Post by aradlaw » January 27th, 2018, 5:01 am

On a Cattle Track by Henry Kendall (1839 - 1882).

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Henry Kendall was the first Australian poet to draw his inspiration from the life, scenery and traditions of the country. In the beginnings of Australian poetry the names of two other men stand with his—Adam Lindsay Gordon, of English parentage and education, and Charles Harpur, born in Australia a generation earlier than Kendall. Harpur's work, though lacking vitality, shows fitful gleams of poetic fire suggestive of greater achievement had the circumstances of his life been more favourable. Kendall, whose lot was scarcely more fortunate, is a true singer; his songs remain, and are likely long to remain, attractive to poetry lovers. ( from the Biographical Note of Poems of Henry Kendall (1886))
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Where the strength of dry thunder splits hill-rocks asunder,
And the shouts of the desert-wind break,
By the gullies of deepness and ridges of steepness,
Lo, the cattle track twists like a snake!
Like a sea of dead embers, burnt white by Decembers,
A plain to the left of it lies;
And six fleeting horses dash down the creek courses
With the terror of thirst in their eyes.

The false strength of fever, that deadly deceiver,
Gives foot to each famishing beast;
And over lands rotten, by rain-winds forgotten,
The mirage gleams out in the east.
Ah! the waters are hidden from riders and ridden
In a stream where the cattle track dips;
And Death on their faces is scoring fierce traces,
And the drouth is a fire on their lips.

It is far to the station, and gaunt Desolation
Is a spectre that glooms in the way;
Like a red smoke the air is, like a hell-light its glare is,
And as flame are the feet of the day.
The wastes are like metal that forges unsettle
When the heat of the furnace is white;
And the cool breeze that bloweth when an English sun goeth,
Is unknown to the wild desert night.

A cry of distress there! a horseman the less there!
The mock-waters shine like a moon!
It is "Speed, and speed faster from this hole of disaster!
And hurrah for yon God-sent lagoon!"
Doth a devil deceive them? Ah, now let us leave them—
We are burdened in life with the sad;
Our portion is trouble, our joy is a bubble,
And the gladdest is never too glad.

From the pale tracts of peril, past mountain heads sterile,
To a sweet river shadowed with reeds,
Where Summer steps lightly, and Winter beams brightly,
The hoof-rutted cattle track leads.
There soft is the moonlight, and tender the noon-light;
There fiery things falter and fall;
And there may be seen, now, the gold and the green, now,
And the wings of a peace over all.

Hush, bittern and plover! Go, wind, to thy cover
Away by the snow-smitten Pole!
The rotten leaf falleth, the forest rain calleth;
And what is the end of the whole?
Some men are successful after seasons distressful
[Now, masters, the drift of my tale];
But the brink of salvation is a lair of damnation
For others who struggle, yet fail.

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Post by tovarisch » January 28th, 2018, 8:52 pm

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  • reality prompts me to scale down my reading, sorry to say
    to PLers: do correct my pronunciation please

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Post by aradlaw » January 30th, 2018, 9:20 pm

Thank you tovarisch. :thumbs:
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Post by silverquill » February 2nd, 2018, 9:11 pm

Great choice. I love the lyric cadence of this poem.

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/cattletrack_kendall_lcw_128kb.mp3 3:57

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Post by Algy Pug » February 2nd, 2018, 9:38 pm

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Post by aradlaw » February 3rd, 2018, 9:42 am

Thank you Larry, Algy and Bruce. :thumbs:

Good reading Nuria, there is a stumble at 1:38 "past mountain heads sterile" you may wish to correct. :wink:
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Post by Nuria » February 4th, 2018, 1:45 pm

aradlaw wrote:
February 3rd, 2018, 9:42 am
Thank you Larry, Algy and Bruce. :thumbs:

Good reading Nuria, there is a stumble at 1:38 "past mountain heads sterile" you may wish to correct. :wink:
Here is the corrected one:
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/cattletrack_kendall_ko_128kb.mp3

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Post by aradlaw » February 4th, 2018, 2:26 pm

aradlaw wrote:
February 3rd, 2018, 9:42 am
Good reading Nuria, there is a stumble at 1:38 "past mountain heads sterile" you may wish to correct. :wink:
Sorry, I wasn't clear enough in my post, I am hearing "past mountains sterile" in that line, could you check that bit, I may be mistaken there. (I see you've shortened the pause to the next line.) Thanks Nuria, for the edit you did make.
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Post by Nuria » February 4th, 2018, 2:47 pm

aradlaw wrote:
February 4th, 2018, 2:26 pm
aradlaw wrote:
February 3rd, 2018, 9:42 am
Good reading Nuria, there is a stumble at 1:38 "past mountain heads sterile" you may wish to correct. :wink:
Sorry, I wasn't clear enough in my post, I am hearing "past mountains sterile" in that line, could you check that bit, I may be mistaken there. (I see you've shortened the pause to the next line.) Thanks Nuria, for the edit you did make.
Is it better now? https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/cattletrack_kendall_ko_128kb.mp3
I rerecord the line.

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Post by aradlaw » February 4th, 2018, 3:05 pm

Nuria wrote:
February 4th, 2018, 2:47 pm
Is it better now? https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/cattletrack_kendall_ko_128kb.mp3
I rerecord the line.
Thanks Nuria, good smooth edit :thumbs: Now PL OK.
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Post by aradlaw » February 5th, 2018, 6:03 am

Thank you Victoria. :thumbs:
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