Henry Lawson ( )

Middletons Rouseabout

Tall and freckled and sandy,
Face of a country lout;
This was the picture of Andy,
Middletons Rouseabout. 

Type of a coming nation,
In the land of cattle and sheep,
Worked on Middletons station,
Pound a week and his keep. 

On Middletons wide dominions
Plied the stockwhip and shears;
Hadnt any opinions,
Hadnt any idears. 

Swiftly the years went over,
Liquor and drought prevailed;
Middleton went as a drover,
After his station had failed. 

Type of a careless nation,
Men who are soon played out,
Middleton was:and his station
Was bought by the Rouseabout. 

Flourishing beard and sandy,
Tall and robust and stout;
This is the picture of Andy,
Middletons Rouseabout. 

Now on his own dominions
Works with his overseers;
Hasnt any opinions,
Hasnt any idears.

Henry Lawson's other poems:
  1. The Heart of Australia
  2. The Bush Girl
  3. Mount Bukaroo
  4. The Fire at Rosss Farm
  5. To an Old Mate

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