Some Other Somebody

Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant 1864 (Bridgwater, Somerset) – 1902 (Pretoria)



Somebody's horse has finished his feed,
   Somebody's saddle is on;
But never a n*gger the tracks can read,
   Or know where Somebody's gone.

Over the rails and up the creek,
   As soon as the sun goes down:
How is it every night this week
   That Somebody's off to town?

Grass is dewy, and overhead
   Evening stars are bright;
And startled wallabies hear the tread
   Of galloping hoofs at night.

Through the scrub and over the plain
   Somebody's galloping fast;
Never a pull on the bridle rein
   Till the town lights show at last.

Somebody's horse has whips o' work -
   Whips o' work of late -
Since Somebody's brown was seen in town
   Tied to Somebody's gate.

But the wherefore why Somebody rides,
   And the track that the brown horse goes,
Only his rider (and one besides:
   Some other Somebody) knows!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 27, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XXAX BCBC ADAD EFEF XGCG HIHI
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 798
Words 143
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant

Harry "Breaker" Harbord Morant (born Edwin Henry Murrant, 9 December 1864 – 27 February 1902) was an Anglo-Australian drover, horseman, bush poet and military officer, who was convicted and executed for murder during the Second Anglo-Boer War. While serving with the Bushveldt Carbineers during the Second Anglo-Boer War, Lieutenant Morant was arrested and court-martialed for war crimes—one of the first such prosecutions in British military history. According to military prosecutors, Morant retaliated for the death in combat of his commanding officer with a series of revenge killings against both Boer POWs and many civilian residents of the Northern Transvaal. more…

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