The Moods of Ginger Mick

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The Moods of Ginger Mick
by C. J. Dennis
The Moods of Ginger Mick sold 42,350 copies in six months, and has been described as the catalyst of the Digger myth.

It tells the story of a violent larrikin who goes to war for his country, is wounded behind enemy lines and becomes a decorated hero.

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"There's a good green land awaitin' you."

    

THE MOODS
of
GINGER MICK

By C.J. Dennis

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SYDNEY: ANGUS & ROBERTSON LTD.


THE MOODS

OF GINGER MICK


BY
C. J. DENNIS
Author of "The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke," etc.



With Illustrations by Hal Gye



SYDNEY
ANGUS & ROBERTSON LTD.
89 CASTLEREAGH STREET
1916

The Author desires to acknowledge the previous publication in "The Bulletin," Sydney, of numbers III., V., VI., VII., VIII., IX., X., and XII., herein printed. The remaining verses are now published for the first time.

Copyright throughout the British Empire and in the United States of America.

Dramatic, Cinema and all other Rights are Reserved.



W. C. Penfold & Co. Ltd., Printers, 183 Pitt Street. Sydney



DEDICATED TO
THE BOYS WHO TOOK THE COUNT


CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

Jist to intrajuice me cobber, an' 'is name is Ginger Mick ...

ix
I. DUCK AN' FOWL

Now, when a bloke 'e cracks a bloke fer insults to a skirt ...

15
II. WAR

'E sez to me, "Wot's orl this flamin' war?" ...

23
III. THE CALL OF STOUSH

Wot price ole Ginger Mick? 'E's done a break ...

29
IV. THE PUSH

Becos a crook done in a prince, an' narked an Emperor ...

37
V. SARI BAIR

So, they've struck their streak o' trouble, an' they got it in the neck

45
VI. GINGER'S COBBER

"'E wears perjarmer soots an' cleans 'is teeth,"

51
VII. THE SINGING SOLDIERS

"When I'm sittin' in me dug-out wiv me rifle on me knees ...

61
VIII. IN SPADGER'S LANE

Ole Mother Moon 'oo yanks 'er beamin' dile ...

69
IX. THE STRAIGHT GRIFFIN

"'Eroes? Orright. You 'ave it 'ow yeh like,

77
X. A LETTER TO THE FRONT

I 'ave written Mick a letter in reply to one uv 'is ...

85
XI. RABBITS

"Ar! Gimme fights wiv foemen I kin see ..."

91
XII. TO THE BOYS WHO TOOK THE COUNT

See, I'm writin' to Mick as a bloke to a bloke ...

101
XIII. THE GAME

"Ho! the sky's as blue as blazes an' the sun is shinin' bright

109
XIV. "A GALLANT GENTLEMAN"

A month ago the world grew grey far me ...

117
THE GLOSSARY 127


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1938, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 75 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.