y The Cattle Hunters single work   poetry   "While the morning light beams on the fern-matted streams,"
Alternative title: The Song of the Cattle Hunters
  • Author: Henry Kendall http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/kendall-henry
Issue Details: First known date: 1861 1861
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Notes

  • This poem was first published in the Empire on 2 November, 1861 titled 'The Cattle Hunters'. Three days later it appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald titled 'The Song of the Cattle Hunters'. This is the title which appears in Poems and Songs, and in later publications. Kendall subsequently made a number of textual changes to the 1861 Empire and Sydney Morning Herald version of the poem. These also appear in Poems and Songs, and in later publications.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Sydney Morning Herald 5 November 1861 Z1759389 1861 newspaper issue 1861 pg. 8
    Note: With title: 'The Song of the Cattle Hunters'
  • Appears in:
    y The Empire 2 November 1861 Z1763908 1861 newspaper issue 1861 pg. 8
    Note: With title: 'The Cattle Hunters'
Notes:
This revised version first appeared in the Illawarra Mercury in December 1861. The author made a number of changes to words and phrases from the version previously published in the Empire and the Sydney Moring Herald. In particular: 'in the distance like waves' becomes 'like the thunder of waves'; 'a thundering shore that the billows ride o'er' becomes 'a wintery shore that the waters ride o'er'.
  • Appears in:
    y The Illawarra Mercury vol. 7 no. 20 6 December 1861 Z1786868 1861 newspaper issue 1861 pg. 4
    Note: Author note: 'Revised for the Illawarra Mercury.'
  • Appears in:
    y Poems and Songs Henry Kendall , Sydney London : J. R. Clarke Sampson Low, Son and Marston , 1862 Z822006 1862 selected work poetry Sydney London : J. R. Clarke Sampson Low, Son and Marston , 1862 pg. 26-27
    Note: With title: 'The Song of the Cattle Hunters'
  • Appears in:
    y The Poets and Prose Writers of New South Wales G. B. Barton , Sydney : Gibbs, Shallard and Co. , 1866 Z200356 1866 single work criticism Sydney : Gibbs, Shallard and Co. , 1866 pg. 196
  • Appears in:
    y The Athenaeum 17 February 1866 Z1763910 1866 periodical issue 1866 pg. 237
  • Appears in:
    y The Round Table 17 March 1866 Z1763915 1866 periodical issue 1866 pg. 166
  • Appears in:
    y The Sydney Morning Herald 11 May 1866 Z1763930 1866 newspaper issue 1866 pg. 3
    Note: From the Athenaeum.
  • Appears in:
    y Leaves from Australian Forests Henry Kendall , Melbourne : George Robertson , 1869 Z241095 1869 selected work poetry Melbourne : George Robertson , 1869 pg. 93-94
  • Appears in:
    y Poems of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall , Melbourne : George Robertson , 1886 Z572550 1886 selected work poetry Melbourne : George Robertson , 1886 pg. 14
  • Appears in:
    y The School Paper for Class III vol. 1 no. 1 February 1896 Z1439208 1896 periodical issue 1896 pg. 1
  • Appears in:
    y The School Paper for Class III no. 118 September 1906 Z1610441 1906 periodical issue 1906 pg. 125
  • Appears in:
    y The School Paper for Class III no. 134 March 1908 Z1630924 1908 periodical issue 1908 pg. 22
  • Appears in:
    y The School Paper for Grade IV no. 182 July 1912 Z1648584 1912 periodical issue 1912 pg. 81-82
    Note: With illus.
  • Appears in:
    y The Children's Treasury of Australian Verse Bertram Stevens (editor), George Mackaness (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1913 Z1413998 1913 anthology poetry children's Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1913 pg. 57
  • Appears in:
    y Selections from the Australian Poets Bertram Stevens (editor), George Mackaness (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1913 Z521150 1913 anthology poetry Sydney : Cornstalk Publishing , 1925 pg. 89-90
  • Appears in:
    y The School Paper : Grades III and IV no. 356 September 1927 Z1488169 1927 periodical issue children's 1927 pg. 117-118
  • Appears in:
    y The School Paper : Grades V and VI no. 481 June 1940 Z1503561 1940 periodical issue children's 1940 pg. 67
  • Appears in:
    y New Song in an Old Land Rex Ingamells (editor), London : Longmans, Green , 1943 Z132802 1943 anthology poetry London : Longmans, Green , 1943 pg. 49-50
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Bush Songs and Ballads Will Lawson (editor), Sydney : Frank Johnson , 1944 Z331491 1944 anthology poetry Sydney : Frank Johnson , 1944 pg. 52
  • Appears in:
    y Selected Poems of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall , T. Inglis Moore (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1957 Z407547 1957 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1957 pg. 141
  • Appears in:
    y The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall , Thomas Thornton Reed (editor), Adelaide : Libraries Board of South Australia , 1966 Z571473 1966 selected work poetry This critical edition includes 90 previously uncollected poems and collates manuscripts of the poems and their appearances in periodicals and newspapers during the poet's life-time. There are copious biographical and critical notes, indexes and a bibliography. Adelaide : Libraries Board of South Australia , 1966 pg. 14
  • Appears in:
    y A Treasury of Colonial Poetry Milsons Point : Currawong , 1982 Z363730 1982 anthology poetry Milsons Point : Currawong , 1982 pg. 202
  • Appears in:
    y Selected Poems of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall , T. Inglis Moore (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1957 Z407547 1957 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1988 pg. 141
  • Appears in:
    y A Treasury of Bush Verse G. A. Wilkes (editor), North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991 Z61919 1991 anthology poetry humour North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991 pg. 31
  • Appears in:
    y The Penguin Book of Australian Ballads [1993] Elizabeth Webby (editor), Philip Butterss (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1993 Z136407 1993 anthology poetry humour satire Ringwood : Penguin , 1993 pg. 183
  • Appears in:
    y Sense, Shape, Symbol : An Investigation of Australian Poetry Brian Keyte (editor), Putney : Phoenix Education , 2013 6310209 2013 anthology criticism poetry

    'Sense, Shape, Symbol is an investigation of Australian poetry. It explores the ways in which poets succeed, or fail, in their attempts to bring their experience to life.

    Their primary raw materials are the five senses - sight, sound, smell, taste and touch - the means by which we all experience our world.

    Poets also like to experiment with the shape of their writing, starting with the qualities of vowels and consonants, of syllables, and of rhyme, metre and rhythm.

    Working poets make particular use of the metaphor, of the connections that they suggest between normally unlike things, to express their response to their subject.

    The collection explores the work of five poets who have played an important, influential part in the development of Australian poetry: Judith Wright, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, David Malouf, Les Murray and Mark O’Connor.

    The final chapter looks at some of the common concerns that can create conflict in our lives, such as gender, race, age, and socio-economic status, and other issues that create fear and that encourage hope.

    The collection is intended to allow readers to become familiar with the techniques that poets use, and to develop their own poetic writing in an informed way.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Putney : Phoenix Education , 2013
    pg. 56

Works about this Work

The Radiant Dream : Notes on Henry Kendall Adrian Mitchell , 1969 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 4 no. 2 1969; (p. 99-114) Henry Kendall : The Muse of Australia 1992; (p. 37-53)
Mitchell looks to Kendall's poetry for a "system of images that amount to a loose poetic philosophy, an attitude of mind that is formulated emotionally rather than logically, but in any case consistently". Mitchell detects an observer who occupies a middle (dream-like) state beside a stream between differents poles such as real/ideal and city/forest. Although the observer seeks but can't find the source of this stream, he gains the ability to believe in poetic vision--the radiant dream. Mitchell argues that all of Kendall's poetry shows a progression towards the acceptance of this ability.
New Poetry Australian Poetry 1866 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 May 1866; (p. 3) The Athenaeum , 17 February 1866; (p. 236-237)
New Poetry Australian Poetry 1866 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 May 1866; (p. 3) The Athenaeum , 17 February 1866; (p. 236-237)
The Radiant Dream : Notes on Henry Kendall Adrian Mitchell , 1969 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 4 no. 2 1969; (p. 99-114) Henry Kendall : The Muse of Australia 1992; (p. 37-53)
Mitchell looks to Kendall's poetry for a "system of images that amount to a loose poetic philosophy, an attitude of mind that is formulated emotionally rather than logically, but in any case consistently". Mitchell detects an observer who occupies a middle (dream-like) state beside a stream between differents poles such as real/ideal and city/forest. Although the observer seeks but can't find the source of this stream, he gains the ability to believe in poetic vision--the radiant dream. Mitchell argues that all of Kendall's poetry shows a progression towards the acceptance of this ability.
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