Inured

Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis 1876 (Auburn) – 1938 (Melbourne)



Young man about to marry,
Don't hesitate, I pray;
No need for you to tarry
If you can only stay.

So let it be your prayer
That you can see it out;
For, if you are a stayer
You'll win to bliss, no doubt.

Tho' she may nag and scold you,
And drive you mad at first,
Let this bright thought uphold you;
The first twelve years are worst.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Scheme ABAB XCXC DEDE
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 329
Words 71
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4

Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis

Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis, better known as C. J. Dennis, was an Australian poet known for his humorous poems, especially "The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke", published in the early 20th century. Though Dennis's work is less well known today, his 1915 publication of The Sentimental Bloke sold 65,000 copies in its first year, and by 1917 he was the most prosperous poet in Australian history. Together with Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson, both of whom he had collaborated with, he is often considered among Australia's three most famous poets. While attributed to Lawson by 1911, Dennis later claimed he himself was the 'laureate of the larrikin'. When he died at the age of 61, the Prime Minister of Australia Joseph Lyons suggested he was destined to be remembered as the 'Australian Robert Burns'. more…

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