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Backblock Ballads and Later Verses (C.J. Dennis, 1918).djvu

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CONTENTS
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AN OLD MASTER
We were cartin' laths and palin's from the slopes of Mount St. Leonard

11

"PAW"
Haw! Ai've just obteened a pension for mai Paw

15

THE BUILDERS
Behold, I built a fowlhouse in my yard!

19

WHEAT
"Sowin' things an' growin' things, an' watchin' of 'em grow;

23

THE LOVERS
One idle hour she sought to see

27

"GOT-A-FAG"
He was tall and tough and stringy, with the shoulders of an axeman

29

THE CHASE OF AGES
Light of my lives! Is the time not yet?

34

A GUIDE FOR POITS
I ain't no verse-'og. When I busts in song

37

GRIMBLES AND THE GNAD
It was told me by a bushman, bald and bent, and very old,

42

LANGWIDGE
"The flamin' cows !" 'e sez: 'e did, an' worse;

49

THE JOY RIDE
Ah, Gawd! It makes me sick to think
52
THE HOMEWARD TRACK
Once a year we lumber southward with the clip from Yarradee;

57

SORE THROAT
The pale young man he comes to me,

59

WHEN THE SUN'S BEHIND THE HILL
There's a soft and peaceful feeling

63

'URRY!

Now, Ma-til-der! Ain't cher dressed yet? I declare, the girl ain't up!

66

HOPEFUL HAWKINS
Hawkins wasn't in the swim at all in Dingo Flat,

71

TIMBERLAND
Tell you tales of pleasant cities, where processions never ending

75

WEARY
Oh, I'm sick of the whole darned human race,

78

HYMN OF FUTILITY
Lord, Thou hast given unto us a land

80

A SONG OF RAIN
Because a little vagrant wind veered south from China Sea;

85

THE BORE
Ah, prithee, friend, if thou hast aught

89

THE CULTURED CONSTABLE
Five nights agone I lay at rest

91

MY POOR RELATION
I have a poor relation, but

97

THE BOON OF DISCONTENT
Once an anthropoidal ape

99

SON OF A FOOL
Gyved and chained in his father's home,

104

THE SILENT MEMBER
He lived in Mundaloo, and Bill McClosky was his name,

107

COW
Aw, go write your tinklin' jingle, an' your pretty phrases mingle

110

THE HIGH PRIEST
Nay, why do foolish politicians strive

114

THE PHILISTINE
Smith is a very stupid man;

117

WORK OR REFLECTION
Now, I always have preserved a certain attitude

121

THE MARCH
In early, prehistoric days, before the reign of Man,

124

THE LITTLE HOMES
We have heard the cheering, brothers,

127

THE BRIDGE ACROSS THE CRICK
Joseph Jones and Peter Dawking

131

K'SHOO
Whed your dose is code as barble

135

VULGAR FRACTIONS
Now, when Bill, the pick and shovel man, or Archibald, the clerk

138

THE MINGLERS
I hold by stern morality,

143

THE AUSTRAL——AISE
Fellers of Australier,

147