Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
KINDNESS in another’s trouble,
COURAGE in your own
Adam Lindsay Gordon, Ye Wearie Wayfarer
Australian poet, jockey and politician, died on this day 24 June 1870.
Adam Lindsay Gordon’s poetry expressed his love of horses and also captured the emerging Australian identity and use of Australian idioms. The day after the publication of his poems as “Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes” he went to Brighton Beach in Melbourne, where he committed suicide, on 24 June 1870.