dross you vainly prize;
The gold thy care has won;
Are fading from thy weary eyes
Like mists before the sun.
poem is not dated, but it's likely that it was
written while he was in Australia. People experienced
hard living conditions in the Australian Gold
Rush. Food was expensive, and often rotted when
reaching the miners. There were killings, dieses,
suicide, hunger, and just simply old age. Fenerty
probably wrote this poem in memory of someone
he knew or met; perhaps a gold seeker who made
a fair earning in the fields before dying. There
are four stanzas in the poem, and basically
he is saying that he cannot take with him his
gold, and that Heaven will offer him a greater
wealth and comfort of living. Fenerty using
the line, "In a sad world like this"
in light of the gold rush. Though the gold rush
build Australia to what it is today, at the
time it was a display of human's worst; greed,
and a disregard for others (including the earth).