Henry Lawson ( )


Mary Called Him 'Mister'


They'd parted but a year beforeshe never thought hed come,
She stammerd, blushed, held out her hand, and called him Mister Gum.
How could he know that all the while she longed to murmur John.
He called her Miss le Brook, and asked how she was getting on.

Theyd parted but a year before; theyd loved each other well,
But hed been to the city, and he came back such a swell.
They longed to meet in fond embrace, they hungered for a kiss
But Mary called him Mister, and the idiot called her Miss.

He stood and leand against the doora stupid chap was he
And, when she asked if hed come in and have a cup of tea,
He looked to left, he looked to right, and then he glanced behind,
And slowly doffed his cabbage-tree, and said he didnt mind.

She made a shy apology because the meat was tough,
And then she asked if he was sure his tea was sweet enough;
He stirred the tea and sipped it twice, and answerd plenty, quite;
And cut the smallest piece of beef and said that it was right.

She glanced at him at times and coughd an awkward little cough;
He stared at anything but her and said, I must be off.
That evening he went riding northa sad and lonely ride
She locked herself inside her room, and there sat down and cried.

Theyd parted but a year before, they loved each other well
But she was such a country girl and he was such a swell ;
They longed to meet in fond embrace, they hungered for a kiss
But Mary called him Mister and the idiot called her Miss.



Henry Lawson's other poems:
  1. To My Friends
  2. The Heart of Australia
  3. The Star of Australasia
  4. The Old Bark School
  5. The Men We Might Have Been


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