The 'Cannacha's' Death Song over His Chieftain single work   poetry   "Shades of my father, the hour is approaching."
Alternative title: A Death-Song of Tanna
  • Author: Henry Kendall
Issue Details: First known date: 1860 1860
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  • Appeared in the Australian Home Companion in March 1860 with Kendall's lengthy note on the people of the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu), and an explanation of the native words used in the poem.
  • Author's note (Empire): 'Supposed to be sung by a native, over his dying chieftain.'
  • Appeared in the Empire in July 1860 titled 'A Death-Song of Tanna'.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Empire 24 July 1860 Z1758826 1860 newspaper issue 1860 pg. 8
  • Appears in:
    y The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal vol. 5 no. 110 10 March 1860 Z1762538 1860 newspaper issue 1860 pg. 103
  • 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. 245-246

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