Henry Lawson

Here you will find the Poem A Little Mistake of poet Henry Lawson

A Little Mistake

?Tis a yarn I heard of a new-chum `trap?
On the edge of the Never-Never,
Where the dead men lie and the black men lie,
And the bushman lies for ever. 
?Twas the custom still with the local blacks
To cadge in the `altogether??
They had less respect for our feelings then,
And more respect for the weather. 

The trooper said to the sergeant?s wife:
`Sure, I wouldn?t seem unpleasant;
`But there?s women and childer about the place,
`And?barrin? a lady?s present? 

`There?s ould King Billy wid niver a stitch
`For a month?may the drought cremate him!?
`Bar the wan we put in his dirty head,
`Where his old Queen Mary bate him. 

`God give her strength!?and a peaceful reign?
`Though she flies in a bit av a passion
`If ony wan hints that her shtoyle an? luks
`Are a trifle behind the fashion. 

`There?s two of the boys by the stable now?
`Be the powers! I?ll teach the varmints
`To come wid nought but a shirt apiece,
`And wid dirt for their nayther garmints. 

`Howld on, ye blaggards! How dare ye dare
`To come widin sight av the houses??
`I?ll give ye a warnin? all for wance
`An? a couple of ould pair of trousers.? 

They took the pants as a child a toy,
The constable?s words beguiling
A smile of something beside their joy;
And they took their departure smiling. 

And that very day, when the sun was low,
Two blackfellows came to the station;
They were filled with the courage of Queensland rum
And bursting with indignation. 

The constable noticed, with growing ire,
They?d apparently dressed in a hurry;
And their language that day, I am sorry to say,
Mostly consisted of `plurry.? 

The constable heard, and he wished himself back
In the land of the bogs and the ditches?
`You plurry big tight-britches p?liceman, what for
`You gibbit our missuses britches?? 

And this was a case, I am bound to confess,
Where civilisation went under;
Had one of the gins been less modest in dress
He?d never have made such a blunder. 

And here let the moral be duly made known,
And hereafter signed and attested:
We should place more reliance on that which is shown
And less upon what is suggested.