551. Perpetual Motion What (said the poet) should we care
For all this mad world's phantasies,
For rumours rife upon the air
552. Mar ''Er pore dear Par.' she sez, ''e kept a store';
An' then she weeps an' stares 'ard at the floor.
''Twas thro' 'is death,' she sez, 'we wus rejuiced
553. Emily Ann Government muddles, departments dazed,
Fear and confusion wherever he gazed;
Order insulted, authority spurned,
554. In The Doldrums Friends!
Have you, too, noticed that calm which descends
Upon affairs today?
555. Old Bob Blair I got so down to it last night,
With longin' for what could not be,
That nothin' in the world seemed right
556. Modern Hygiene 'Mother, may I go in to swim?'
'My dear, you didn't oughter.
I've heard of baths filled to the brim
557. The Warrior King Albert, King of the Belgians,
Lived for his whole reign thro'
The father and friend of his people,
558. Melba Born to the sun and smiling skies,
And bird-songs to the morning flung,
To joyousness that never dies
559. Spots Through The Ages Romance goes out of everything in these days of ill grace,
And even old John Barleycorn grows 'standardised' apace;
Once henchman of gay gallantry, a kindlier part he played.
560. The Battler 'Could you give me a bite to eat?' said he,
As he tarried by my back door.
And I thought of the dull, lean days that be
567. The Day Of Unrest There ain't enough of strikes an' things,
There ain't enough of strife,
There ain't enough dislikes an' things
568. The Philistine Smith is a very stupid man;
He lives next door to me;
He has no settled scheme or plan
569. Escape Sing me to sleep when I go West;
But sing you, soft and low,
No song from the olden masters'
570. Arch Criminal When muddled mentors take the stage
To gird against our erring,
They simulate an awful rage,
571. The Swagman Oh, he was old and he was spare;
His bushy whiskers and his hair
Were all fussed up and very grey
572. Further Afric Echoes By gar! I tell-a you, t'ings don't stop
Since da war he come wit' a rush,
When Nicko, da boss at da fry-fish shop,
573. Yarrawonga Yarrawonga by herself
Lived too long upon a shelf
She a stolid farmer's wife.
574. The Rhymes Of Sym Nobody knew why it should be so;
Nobody knew or wanted to know.
It might have been checked had but someone dared
575. January 2nd How many have you broken up till now?
I know that yesterday you made a vow,
And most solemnly 'twas spoken;
576. The Kick First I tried a Dry Martini;
But found not one teeny-weeny
Semblance of a kick in any kind of this.
577. Guardian Angels Brothers; even those of you who are already in the sear and yellow leaf, and full of years and iniquity,
Sometimes, I doubt not, let your thoughts go back to those days of antiquity
When mother tucked you into your little bed.
579. The Lack 'This is the life!' said Dusty Dan
'This is the life to hand a man!
My happy way is strewn with flowers;
580. Thistledown She danced thro' life as light as thistledown,
The grace of Columbine, charm of Pierette,
These, and that blithesome quality of thistledown,
581. African Interlude I t'inkin' da war now go for stop
Between Black Sammo, da slush,
An' Nicko, da boss of da fry-fish shop.
582. The Pallid Cuckoo Dolefully and drearily
Come I with the spring;
Wearily and cerily
583. Charity Oh, loyal Orange breth-er-en.
I pray you act as Christlan men,
And, should your spleen arise, count ten
584. Logic And Spotted Dog 'Unless you 'ide that axe,' she sez, ''E'll 'urt 'imself reel bad.
An' after all - Now, Bill, don't cry! - that trouble that I've 'ad,
Wiv 'im thro' croop an' whoopin' corf, 'e goes an' cuts 'imself!
585. The Blue Kingfisher Where the little river gleaming
Thro' its shadows green and cool
Broadens to the quiet dreaming
591. Hats I sing of the hat, of the human lid,
The cadev, the tile, or whatever you please,
The thing that we wear - or our fathers did
592. Introduction To Ginger Mick Jist to intraj'uice me cobber, an 'is name is Ginger Mick
A rorty boy, a naughty boy, wiv rude impressions thick
In 'is casu'l conversation, an' the wicked sort o' face
593. Wisdom After Victory Now comes to an end all our dolorous drifting;
Clouds pass away and depression is lifting.
Because we were wise in our planning and sought