To an Echo on the Banks of the Hunter single work   poetry   "I hear thee, Echo; and I start to hear thee,"
Is part of Poems by Charles Harpur Charles Harpur 1846 series - author poetry Selections from Australian Poets 1849 series - publisher poetry (number 32 in series)
  • Author: Charles Harpur
Composed: Singleton, Singleton area, Hunter Valley, Newcastle - Hunter Valley area, New South Wales,
Issue Details: First known date: 1843... 1843 To an Echo on the Banks of the Hunter
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  • This poem appears in a number of versions from 1843 onwards. For further details, see The Poems of Charles Harpur in Manuscript in the Mitchell Library and in Publication in the Nineteenth Century: An Analytical Finding List by Elizabeth Holt and Elizabeth Perkins (Canberra: Australian Scholarly Editions Centre, 2002).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Australasian Chronicle vol. 4 no. 523 14 March 1843 Z1746293 1843 newspaper issue 1843 pg. 2
  • Appears in:
    y The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser 17 October 1846 Z1578846 1846 newspaper issue 1846 Section: Supplement
  • Appears in:
    y The Argus 6 February 1849 Z1849597 1849 newspaper issue 1849 pg. 4
  • Appears in:
    y The Bushrangers, a Play in Five Acts, and Other Poems Charles Harpur , Sydney : W. R. Piddington , 1853 Z100447 1853 selected work poetry drama Sydney : W. R. Piddington , 1853 pg. 76-77
  • Appears in:
    y The Argus 5 May 1853 Z1863274 1853 newspaper issue 1853 pg. 9
  • Appears in:
    y The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur Charles Harpur , Elizabeth Perkins (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1984 Z459555 1984 selected work poetry satire 'This collection represents one version of almost every poem written by Charles Harpur, with the omission of some translations and paraphrases. The verse drama, "Stalwart the Bushranger", and the fragments of the dramatic poem "King Saul" are not included. ... The collection is edited from Harpur's manuscript poems held in the Mitchell Library, Sydney, and from printed copies in colonial newspapers when no manuscript version existed.' (Preface) Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1984 pg. 281-283

Editor's note:

Selections from Australian Poets No. 1.

We venture to assert that the following is the most beautiful poem belonging to the infant literature of this country. A still, deep, shining power pervades it, like the pure, beamy, quiet flow of our own rock-bedded Nepean, where it glides from the trackless mountains to the peopled plain, a power which is in itself a bounty like that stream of fresh waters. We have often drank of both, when aweary of the tumoils of this world, and when athirst with hard work and the summer sun; and we shall never forget the sensations of balmy delight which we experienced. It would serve no interest of ours, and we have little desire, to puff Mr. Harpur- his is a wayward and erratic genius; but we consider this production alone would stamp him as a true poet.

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