William Thomas Goodge

Two Men and a Maid

William Thomas Goodge (28 September 1862 – 28 November 1909) was an English writer and journalist, who arrived in Australia in 1882, after jumping ship in Sydney. He worked in various jobs in New South Wales, including as a coal-miner, until he was engaged to write for "The Tribune" in North Sydney…

Two little dudes from the George-street block,
  Up for a brief vacation!
One little girl in a neat print frock,
  Maid of the Mulga Station!
Two little dudes with walking-sticks,
Two little heads that the collars fix!
Two little hats at nine-and-six,
  Two little dudes on a station.

One little maid with a bashful smile,
  Given for a salutation;
Two little dudes of the nan-nan style,
  Bent on a captivation.
One little maid with a smile so true,
Curly hair of a nut-brown hue;
Eyes of a liquid violet blue,
  One little maid on a station.

“Didn’t she fear her walks to take
  Over the grassy clearing?”
“Didn’t she fear some nasty snake
  His ugly head a-rearing?”
“Sirs,” she said, with an arching brow,
And a smile that was hardly a smile somehow,
“There are so many jackasses ‘round here now,
  That the snakes are disappearing!”

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