y Stolen Moments : A Short Series of Poems selected work   poetry  
Issue Details: First known date: 1842 1842
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Notes

  • Epigraph: 'Stolen from anxious Self, life's cruel task master.' Coleridge.
  • Dedication: To Lieutenant-Colonel J. G. N. Gibbes, Member of the Legislative Council, &c., &c., &c., These 'Stolen Moments' are, with his permission, most respectfully dedicated, as a faint token of gratitude for services rendered to his most humble, obedient servant, H. Parkes. Sydney, 21st June, 1842.
  • Author's Preface: ...Nearly all my poems...have been put together in thought, in 'moments' literally 'stolen' from the time occupied by the ordinary duties of a not over-happy life; my leisure having been generally devoted to other, perhaps, better purposes....I feel acutely how feeble must be any effort of mine to serve the cause of Australian literature, - the more acutely, because it would be my greatest happiness to do so; for, if I had indeed a motive in publishing, beyond the gratification of my feelings, by having these trifles arranged in their present form for the perusal of my friends, it was the hope that my success might prove a stimulative to literary enterprise in New South Wales. The voice of praise would be doubly sweet to me, if it were to encourage some Australian bard to seize in earnest the unstrung lyre of his beautiful country. The greater number of the pieces here collected have appeared before, in periodical publications, in this country or in England. Of these publications in Australia, all, with one exception, were sent to the Australasian Chronicle,...Sydney, 21st June, 1842. Footnote indicates the other poem published in Australia appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald July 10th, 1841.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,: James Tegg , 1842 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
To * * *i"The sun burst 'mid the heart's sweet showers", Henry Parkes , 1835 single work poetry To Clarinda (p. 1-2)
Note: Dated 'Birmingham, 1835'
With title To Clarinda
Blighted Lovei"Like sunbeams of an angry day,", Henry Parkes , 1834 single work poetry (p. 3-4)
Note: Dated 'Birmingham, 1834'
Fragmenti"'Twas midnight not a lingering lamp,", Henry Parkes , 1834 single work poetry
'On a gypsy camp' (Webby)
(p. 5-6)
Note: Dated 'Birmingham, 1834'
The Captive's Complainti"My lady they have torn away;", Henry Parkes , 1840 single work poetry
'On a captured revolutionary' (Webby)
The Captive : A Fragment
(p. 9)
Note: With title: The Captive : A Fragment
Stanzas at Seai"A storm in distant darkness cowers upon the stilly deep,", Henry Parkes , 1840 single work poetry
'Nostalgia for home and mother; ends with prayer for strength to work for the right' (Webby)
(p. 19-21)
An English Scenei"A fountain's face the feathery moss", Henry Parkes , 1840 single work poetry (p. 43-45)
Songi"Oh! sweet to young eyes is the moonlight of summer", Henry Parkes , 1840 single work poetry
'On the experience of sorrow as a blight on the carefree happiness of youth.' (Webby)
(p. 46-47)
Night on the Equator, Henry Parkes , 1841 sequence poetry (p. 48-50)
To Nighti"Oh Night! how sweet a blessing thou!", Henry Parkes , 1841 single work poetry Lines on Night (p. 48-50)
Note: With title: Lines on Night
My Birthdayi"'Tis come, and almost gone, ere I had thought", Henry Parkes , 1840 single work poetry
'Muses on past and present situation at age twenty-five.' (Webby)
(p. 51-54)
The Shipwrecked Invadersi""The Emperor on earth," loud cried", Henry Parkes , 1840 single work poetry
'On the death of some Russian soldiers ...' (Webby)
(p. 55-56)
The Old Pocket Booki"The star which brightens through the breaking storm,", Henry Parkes , 1841 single work poetry
'Recalls the happy past.' (Webby)
(p. 57-58)
To an English Hawthorn : Growing beside Sir John Jamison's Garden Fence, at Regentvillei"Methought Australia had no gentle thing", Henry Parkes , 1840 single work poetry
'Nostalgic "exile" poem.' (Webby)
(p. 59-60)
The First Night at Seai"Serene and sweet the moonlight rose", Henry Parkes , 1840 single work poetry (p. 61-63)
The Strangeri"Fair-pictured Sydney! how the sun's broad beam", Henry Parkes , 1841 single work poetry (p. 64-67)
Stanzasi"Up go the beautiful and world watch'd stars,", Henry Parkes , 1840 single work poetry
'Looks forward to the time when Australia will be great and free like the U.S.A.' (Webby)
(p. 68-69)
Life's Early Joysi"Life's early joys! the summer clouds,", Henry Parkes , 1840 single work poetry (p. 70-72)
The Settler's Songi"Our home is in the wild bush far,", Henry Parkes , 1841 single work poetry
'Expresses his happiness in his new bush life.' (Webby)
Song of the Australian Settler
(p. 73-74)
Note: With title Song of the Australian Settler
The Sea-Boyi"Poor little orphan! thou dost go,", Henry Parkes , 1841 single work poetry (p. 75-76)
Untitledi"Remember me! Affection asks,", Henry Parkes , 1841 single work poetry Verses Written in a Small Volume, Entitled 'Remember Me', Given to C. V. (p. 79)
Note: With title: Verses Written in a Small Volume, Entitled 'Remember Me', Given to C. V.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: James Tegg , 1842 .
      Extent: xii, 131p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Ferguson 3471
      • Includes List of Subscribers.(vii-x).
      • Partial contents indexed. Remainder pending.

Works about this Work

Nostalgia and Patriotism in Colonial Australia Robert Dixon , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies from Terra Australis to Australia 1989; (p. 210-217, notes 271-272.)
Untitled James Allen , 1843 single work review
— Appears in: The South Australian Magazine , vol. 2 no. 7 1843; (p. 284-287)

— Review of Stolen Moments : A Short Series of Poems Henry Parkes 1842 selected work poetry
The Literary Examiner 1842 single work review
— Appears in: The New South Wales Examiner , 18 July no. 34 1842; (p. 2-3)

— Review of Stolen Moments : A Short Series of Poems Henry Parkes 1842 selected work poetry
Colonial Literature 1842 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Chronicle , 9 July vol. 4 no. 417 1842; (p. 2)

— Review of Stolen Moments : A Short Series of Poems Henry Parkes 1842 selected work poetry
Untitled James Allen , 1843 single work review
— Appears in: The South Australian Magazine , vol. 2 no. 7 1843; (p. 284-287)

— Review of Stolen Moments : A Short Series of Poems Henry Parkes 1842 selected work poetry
The Literary Examiner 1842 single work review
— Appears in: The New South Wales Examiner , 18 July no. 34 1842; (p. 2-3)

— Review of Stolen Moments : A Short Series of Poems Henry Parkes 1842 selected work poetry
Colonial Literature 1842 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Chronicle , 9 July vol. 4 no. 417 1842; (p. 2)

— Review of Stolen Moments : A Short Series of Poems Henry Parkes 1842 selected work poetry
Nostalgia and Patriotism in Colonial Australia Robert Dixon , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies from Terra Australis to Australia 1989; (p. 210-217, notes 271-272.)
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