Queen Hilda of Virland, poem by Henry Lawson
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Henry Lawson (1867-1922), one of Australia's most famous poets, and a symbol for the Australian Nationalism Movement, wrote this poem in 1910 (MS). The meaning is unclear but Lawson writes of a mythical kingdom of Virland. It could be an allegory of the English queen and Commonwealth. In Jules Verne's 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' there was a girl from Virland. Virland was also the ancient name for northern Estonia. In 'The Old Squire' is a poem titled 'Sir William Rode to Virland'.
The Bulletin, vol.29 no.1476, 28 May 1908
28 May 1908