A poem in response to the massacre of the Wills party by Aborigines, which took place at Cullin-La-Ringo station (near present day Springsure), on 17 October, 1861. This work originally appeared in the Queensland Guardian on 6 November, 1861. It was also included in a letter protesting at calls for retribution which Rev. J.W.C. Drane sent to the Queensland Times. The Courier's source was the Queensland Times.
The poem in part involves a parody on Portia's line from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice : 'The quality of mercy is not strain'd'.