Invitation [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912).] Invitation. To a Poet in Town. The Gum-trees look at town, and say: “When, Brother, will you come this way?” The River croons her Vesper-song: “Our Lover, will he now be long?” A Magpie gurgles: “Tramp, you rogue, The track […]

A Street Fiddler [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912).] A Street Fiddler. I play my fiddle. Men pass by Or stare at me with glances cold. I give them joy of earth and sky, And they grow young, as I grow old. Hope, idleness, and sunny skies, These are […]

Vagabond [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912).] Vagabond. What is the life for a man Since ever time began, But to break away Till breath be done At the end o’ day; To love the sun, And to laugh at the fun, The fun o’ the fair, […]

A Bullock-Driver’s Song [song by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This song by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912).] A Bullock-Driver’s Song. Gerrout! Yer gives er man the drought Callin’ yer, an’ haulin’ yer In the crick an’ out. * * * Mud an’ slush an’ slime! Yer Hindu calves, it’s time Ter pull ther lovely log Outer this […]

“Swinging Douglas” [song by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This song by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912). This was one of two songs published in the book under the heading “Two Bush Songs”; the second was A Bullock-Driver’s Song.] Two Bush Songs. “Swinging Douglas.” (A Splitter’s Song). Morning air Blows yer care Cobwebs, down the sky. Sunlight […]