“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 […]

A Swagman’s Epitaph [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912).] A Swagman’s Epitaph. Tho’ by this Coolabah his body lies, He wakes to find that Death’s a grand surprise; Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, there and back, He’ll tramp it all, and whistle down the track. Source: Louis Esson, Red Gums […]

Jugger [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912). The poem is written from the viewpoint of someone celebrating the release of a friend from jail.] Jugger. Give the push the office, Pass the ’at erlong, Won’t the Flying Angels ’Ave er dance and song! We’ve er busker organ, […]

Back ter Little Lon [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912).] Back ter Little Lon. Renie’s left her ’usband — eighteen months aw’y, In ’er cottage, Renie sadly struggled on — Left poor Bill lamentin’, wen she went astr’y, Liker lost sheep stragglin’, back ter Little Lon. Back ter Little Lon, […]

The Opium Pipe [poem by Louis Esson]

[Editor: This poem by Louis Esson was published in Red Gums and Other Verses (1912).] The Opium Pipe. Upon a mat the Chinese smoker lay Resting his head On bag of straw, beside a wooden tray With quaint bowls spread, And having filled his long-bulbed pipe, he burned Raw opium, Inhaled the languid smoke, and […]