Adam Lindsay Gordon


Born
in Fayal, Portugal
October 19, 1833

Died
June 24, 1870

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Robert Browning, Charles Kingsley, George Whyte-Melville, Lord Byron, ...more


Adam Lindsay Gordon was an Australian poet, jockey and politician, born in the Azores. The son of an English army captain, Gordon went to school in Cheltenham, before leaving for Australia shortly before his 20th birthday. A dreamy athlete, Gordon preferred horse riding and quoting lengthy reams of Greek and Latin poetry to any kind of hard work.

In Australia, Gordon spent some time in the South Australian police force and then as a member of parliament, but wasn't well suited to either task. He made his fame as a horse rider, winning countless derbies and becoming known for his carefree, risky approach to riding. Always poetically inclined, Gordon had published several pieces in popular South Australian magazines, and finally had his first
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Average rating: 3.26 · 19 ratings · 4 reviews · 10 distinct works
The Poetical Works of Adam ...

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Bush Ballads and Galloping ...

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Selected Poems Of Adam Lind...

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Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

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Sea spray and smoke drift

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Ashtaroth; a dramatic lyric

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Racing Rhymes & Other Verses

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Adam Lindsay Gordon's Austr...

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Adam Lindsay Gordon Favourites

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The Works of Marcus Clarke

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“Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone.
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own.”
Adam Lindsay Gordon

“Question not, but live and labour
Till yon goal be won,
Helping every feeble neighbour,
Seeking help from none;
Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own.”
Adam Lindsay Gordon

“So the coward will dare on the gallant horse
What he never would dare alone,
Because he exults in a borrowed force,
And a hardihood not his own.”
Adam Lindsay Gordon, Selected Poems Of Adam Lindsay Gordon