I Blow My Pipes by Hugh McCrae

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I blow my pipes, the glad birds sing,
The fat young nymphs about me spring,
The sweaty centaur leaps the trees
And bites his dryad's splendid knees;
The sky, the water, the earth
Repeat aloud our noisy mirth...
Anon, tight-bellied bacchanals,
With ivy from the vineyard walls,
Lead out and crown with shining glass
The wine's red baby on the grass.


I blow my pipes, the glad birds sing,
The fat young nymphs about me spring,
I am the lord,
I am the lod,
I am the lord of everything!

First published in The Lone Hand, 1 September 1908;
and later in
An Australasian Anthology: Australian and New Zealand Poems edited by Percival Serle, R. H. Croll and Frank Wilmot, 1946;
The Bulletin, 26 February 1958;
From the Ballads to Brennan edited by T. Inglis Moore, 1964;
The Penguin Book of Australian Verse edited by Harry Heseltine, 1972;
The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Verse edited by Beatrice Davis, 1984; and
Two Centuries of Australian Verse edited by Kathrine Bell, 2007

Author: Hugh Raymond McCrae (1876-1958) was born in Hawthorn, Victoria, the second son of the poet George Gordon McCrae.  He married in 1901 and moved to Sydney where he was great friends with Norman Lindsay.  He moved to New York in 1914 where he found little work and was back in Australia in 1916.  He lived in Melbourne again before settling, finally, in Sydney in 1922.  Perenially broke he survived his later years on a Commonwealth Literary pension and died in 1958.

Author reference sites: Austlit, Australian Dictionary of Biography

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