Expostulatory single work   poetry   satire   "Most painful 'tis to see a man of merit"
Is part of Sonnets Dedicated to Australian Senators Charles Harpur 1845 sequence poetry
Issue Details: First known date: 1845... 1845 Expostulatory
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'On Benjamin Boyd.' (Webby)


    • Number nine in the sequence 'Sonnets Dedicated to Australian Senators'.
    • Numbering changed for publication in The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur; numbered eight in the sequence in this source.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First line of verse: "'Tis painful to behold a man of merit"
Minor textual variations appear in texts.
  • Appears in:
    y The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature vol. 4 no. 86 15 March 1845 Z597781 1845 newspaper issue 1845 pg. 123
  • 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. 604-605
    Note: With first line: 'Tis painful to behold a man of merit
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