Sitting by the Fire : An Old Man's Reverie single work   poetry   "Gleesome children were we not?"
  • Author: Henry Kendall http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/kendall-henry
Issue Details: First known date: 1861 1861
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Notes

  • Note that Kendall wrote two different poems that came to be known by the title 'Sitting by the Fire' (both of which appeared in different versions). This earlier poem, which appears in Poems and Songs, is a different work to the one that appears in Leaves from Australian Forests.
  • The expanded version of this poem appears to have been first published in Bell's Life in Sydney in December 1861, where it appeared with the original sub-title.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Golden Age 1 August 1861 Z1759705 1861 newspaper issue 1861 pg. 4
  • Appears in:
    y The Empire 26 June 1861 Z1763700 1861 newspaper issue 1861 pg. 8
  • Appears in:
    y Poems of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall , Melbourne : George Robertson , 1886 Z572550 1886 selected work poetry Melbourne : George Robertson , 1886 pg. 17-19
Alternative title: Sitting by the Fire
First line of verse: "Barren Age and withered World!"
  • Appears in:
    y Bell's Life in Sydney and Sporting Chronicle 21 December 1861 Z1766040 1861 newspaper issue 1861 pg. 3
    Note: With title: 'Sitting by the Fire : An Old Man's Reverie'
  • 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. 34-38
    Note: With title: 'Sitting by the Fire'
  • Appears in:
    y The Sydney Morning Herald 10 October 1864 Z1766359 1864 newspaper issue 1864 pg. 3
    Note: Appears in the second of a series of articles titled 'Australian Native-Born Poets'.
  • 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. 17-19

Works about this Work

Australian Native-Born Poets : II 1864 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10 October 1864; (p. 2-3)
Australian Native-Born Poets : II 1864 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10 October 1864; (p. 2-3)
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