The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke/I. A Spring Song

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The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke by C. J. Dennis
I. A Spring Song
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A Spring Song


THE world 'as got me snouted jist a treat;  
 Crool Forchin's dirty left 'as smote me soul;
An' all them joys o' life I 'eld so sweet
 Is up the pole.
Fer, as the poit sez, me 'eart 'as got
The pip wiv yearnin' fer—I dunno wot.


I'm crook; me name is Mud; I've done me dash;
 Me flamin' spirit's got the flamin' 'ump!
I'm longin' to let loose on somethin' rash….
 Aw, I'm a chump!
I know it; but this blimed ole Springtime craze
Fair outs me, on these dilly, silly days.


The young green leaves is shootin' on the trees,
 The air is like a long, cool swig o' beer,
The bonzer smell o' flow'rs is on the breeze,
 An' 'ere's me, 'ere,
Jist moochin' round like some pore, barmy coot,
Uv 'ope, an' joy, an' forchin destichoot.

I've lorst me former joy in gittin' shick,
 Or 'eadin' browns; I 'aven't got the 'eart
To word a tom; an', square an' all, I'm sick
 Uv that cheap tart
'Oo chucks 'er carkis at a feller's 'ead
An' mauls 'im… Ar! I wish that I wus dead!…


Ther's little breezes stirrin' in the leaves,
 An' sparrers chirpin' 'igh the 'ole day long;
An' on the air a sad, sweet music breaves
 A bonzer song—
A mournful sort o' choon thet gits a bloke
Fair in the brisket 'ere, an' makes 'im choke….


What is the matter wiv me?… I dunno.
 I got a sort o' yearnin' 'ere inside,
A dead crook sort o' thing that won't let go
 Or be denied—
A feelin' like I want to do a break,
An' stoush creation for some woman's sake.


The little birds is chirpin' in the nest,
 The parks an' gardings is a bosker sight,
Where smilin' tarts walk up an' down, all dressed
 In clobber white.
An', as their snowy forms goes steppin' by,
It seems I'm seekin' somethin' on the sly.

Somethin' or someone—I don't rightly know;
 But, seems to me, I'm kind o' lookin' for
A tart I knoo a 'undred years ago,
 Or, maybe, more.
Wot's this I've 'eard them call that thing?… Geewhizz!
Me ideel bit o' skirt! That's wot it is!


Me ideel tart!… An', bli'me, look at me!
 Jist take a squiz at this, an' tell me can
Some square an' honist tom take this to be
 'Er own true man?
Aw, Gawd! I'd be as true to 'er, I would—
As straight an' stiddy as… Ar, wot's the good?


Me, that 'as done me stretch fer stoushin' Johns,
 An' spen's me leisure gittin' on the shick,
An' 'arf me nights down there, in Little Lons.,
 Wiv Ginger Mick,
Jist 'eadin' 'em, an' doin' in me gilt.
Tough luck! I s'pose it's 'ow a man is built.


It's 'ow Gawd builds a bloke; but don't it 'urt
 When 'e gits yearnin's fer this 'igher life,
On these Spring mornin's, watchin' some sweet skirt—
 Some fucher wife—
Go sailin' by, an' turnin' on 'is phiz
The glarssy eye—fer bein' wot 'e is.

I've watched 'em walkin' in the gardings 'ere—
 Cliners frum orfices an' shops an' such;
The sort o' skirts I dursn't come too near,
 Or dare to touch.
An' when I see the kind o' looks they carst…
Gawstruth! Wot is the use o' me, I arst?


Wot wus I slung 'ere for? An' wot's the good
 Uv yearnin' after any ideel tart?…
Ar, if a bloke wus only understood!
 'E's got a 'eart:
'E's got a soul inside 'im, poor or rich.
But wot's the use, when 'Eaven's crool'd 'is pitch?


I tells meself some day I'll take a pull
 An' look eround fer some good stiddy job,
An' cut the push fer good an' all; I'm full
 Uv that crook mob!
An', in some Spring the fucher 'olds in store,
I'll cop me prize an' long in vain no more.


The little winds is stirrin' in the trees,
 Where little birds is chantin' lovers' lays;
The music uv the sorft an' barmy breeze….
 Aw, spare me days!
If this 'ere dilly feelin' doesn't stop
I'll lose me block an' stoush some flamin' cop!