AROUND THE BOREE LOG book cover   Around the Boree Log and Other Verses
John O'Brien

Cover illustration: Percy Lindsay.

Dustjacket synopsis:
"In his affectionate and gently humorous verses John O'Brien sang of farming life and of the life of Irish settlers in Australia - at home, on the land, and at the Chruch upon the Hill that is the centre of their lives.

"Around the Boree Log is verse that is simple and sincere and lit with a kindly understanding of the lives it chronicles."


Around the Boree Log
Calling to Me
The Little Irish Mother
One by One
Ten Little Steps and Stairs
The Trimmin's on the Rosary
The Birds will Sing Again
The Old Bush School
Six Brown Boxer Hats
The Libel
When the Circus Came to Town
His Father
The Kookaburras
Peter Nelson's Fiddle
The Church Upon the Hill
The Helping Hand
Vale, Father Pat
The Old Mass Shandrydan
Pitchin' at the Church
Said Hanrahan
The Tidy Little Body
The Pillar of the Church
Teddo Wells, Deceased
Norah O'Neill
The Presbyt'ry Dog
The Altar-Boy
At Casey's After Mass
St. Patrick's Day
The Careys
When Old Man Carey Died
The Parting Rosary
Laughing Mary
A Stranger in the Church
Tell Me, What's a Girl to Do?
Wisha, What is the Matter with Jim?
Said the White-Haired Priest
Honeymooning from the Country
Making Home
Could I hear the Kookaburras Once Again
Come, Sing Australian Songs to Me!

From the Mercier Press paperback edition, 1988.

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