Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis

The Farmer's Lament

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 Blo…

'The backbone of the country and the salt of all the earth'
 That was how they styled us when the farmer had his worth.
 But what's his valuation now, when times are pretty thin?
 Two bob a dozen, an' the garments given in.
We made the country's money an' we paid the country's way,
We raised the wealth for cities from the farm thro' many a day;
But what's the price of farmers now the profits disappeared?
 Two bob a dozen, an' a bonus on the beard.
 They'll pay to patch machinery or cure old Dobbin's sprain;
 But they cannot spare a stiver when the farmer gets a pain;
  For what's the use o' mendin' him when all he's valued at
Is two bob a dozen, if he's nice an' prime an' fat.
But the farmer ain't repinin', tho' his price is down an' out.
There's a good time comin' soon without the smallest doubt;
But, till the world wins sanity, he's got to be content
With two bob a dozen, cash with order ten per cent.