The Battle of Life single work   poetry   "Never give up: though life be a battle"
  • Author: Charles Harpur
Issue Details: First known date: 1855... 1855 The Battle of Life
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  • This poem appears in a number of versions from 1855 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

Textual variations.
  • Appears in:
    y The Empire no. 1518 20 November 1855 Z1727026 1855 newspaper issue 1855 pg. 3
    Note: The date 1855 appears at foot of poem.
  • Appears in:
    y The Children's Treasury of Australian Verse Bertram Stevens (editor), George Mackaness (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1913 Z1413998 1913 anthology poetry children's Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1913 pg. 88
    Note: With first line punctuation: Never give up, though life be a battle
  • 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. 380
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