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Post by aradlaw » July 13th, 2019, 6:04 pm

Our Mat by Andrew Barton Paterson (1864 - 1941).

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Banjo Paterson's speculations on a piece of prison craft. This poem references The Darlinghurst Gaol, a former Australian prison located in Darlinghurst, New South Wales. Australian poet Henry Lawson spent time incarcerated there during some of the turbulent years of his life and described the gaol as Starvinghurst Gaol due to meagre rations given to the inmates. It was closed in 1914 and has subsequently been repurposed to house the National Art School.( Wikipedia)
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Our Mat by Andrew Barton Paterson, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
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It came from the prison this morning,
Close-twisted, neat-lettered, and flat;
It lies the hall doorway adorning,
A very good style of a mat.

Prison-made! how the spirit is moven
As we think of its story of dread
What wiles of the wicked are woven
And spun in its intricate thread!

The letters are new, neat and nobby,
Suggesting a masterly hand
Was it Sikes, who half-murdered the bobby,
That put the neat D on the "and"?

Some banker found guilty of laches--
It's always called laches, you know--
Had Holt any hand in those Hs?
Did Bertrand illumine that 0?

That T has a look of the gallows,
That A's a triangle, I guess;
Was it one of the Mount Rennie fellows
Who twisted the strands of the S?

Was it made by some "highly connected",
Who is doing his spell "on his head",
Or some wretched woman detected
In stealing her children some bread?

Does it speak of a bitter repentance
For the crime that so easily came?
Of the wearisome length of the sentence,
Of the sin, and the sorrow, and shame?

A mat! I should call it a sermon
On sin, to all sinners addressed;
It would take a keen judge to determine
Whether writer or reader is best.

Though the doorway be hard as a pavestone,
I rather would use it than that--
I'd as soon wipe my boots on a gravestone,
As I would on that Darlinghurst mat!

The Bulletin, 2 April 1887


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Post by aradlaw » July 16th, 2019, 8:42 am

Thank you Bruce. :thumbs:
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Post by Horner94 » July 16th, 2019, 10:35 am

Hello,

Here is my audio recording ready for PLing: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/ourmat_paterson_cjph_128kb.mp3 Time: 01:44

Kind regards,
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Post by aradlaw » July 16th, 2019, 5:42 pm

Thank you Chad. :thumbs:
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Post by skipg » July 16th, 2019, 6:06 pm

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Post by aradlaw » July 17th, 2019, 8:12 am

Thank you Skip and Larry. :thumbs:
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Post by irondog70 » July 17th, 2019, 1:47 pm

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Post by sadclown » July 17th, 2019, 3:57 pm

My first reading in a few years, hope it's ok!

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/ourmat_paterson_jss_128kb.mp3

1:49
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Post by tovarisch » July 17th, 2019, 5:40 pm

tovarisch
  • 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 » July 17th, 2019, 6:56 pm

Thank you Cornel, Jennifer and tovarisch. :thumbs:

Welcome back Jennifer, it has been quite a while. :9:
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Post by GregGiordano » July 17th, 2019, 7:25 pm

Here is my contribution to this project:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/ourmat_paterson_gg_128kb.mp3

Run time is 2:19

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » July 18th, 2019, 1:21 pm

Should it interest anyone, here’s is the poem of Australian poet Henry Lawson, who served time banged up in Sydney’s Darlinghurst Gaol as mentioned in the introduction to this weekly poem.

Its title “One-Hundred-And-Three” was Lawson prisoner number at the time.

https://archive.org/details/selectedpoemsofh00lawsuoft/page/54


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Post by skipg » July 18th, 2019, 4:40 pm

SonOfTheExiles wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Should it interest anyone, here’s is the poem of Australian poet Henry Lawson, who served time banged up in Sydney’s Darlinghurst Gaol as mentioned in the introduction to this weekly poem.

Its title “One-Hundred-And-Three” was Lawson prisoner number at the time.

https://archive.org/details/selectedpoemsofh00lawsuoft/page/54


Regards,
Chris
Thank you for linking that! I liked it a lot. It was very interesting to have the complementary perspective and the picture that Lawson painted was simultaneously despairing and fraught with desperation. I liked the contrast to "Our Mat"'s neat stanzas and rhymes; you can really feel the storminess of One-Hundred-and-Three in comparison.
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