The New Maid [poem by L. E. Homfray, 24 November 1928]

[Editor: This poem for children, by L. E. Homfray, was published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 November 1928.]

The New Maid.

I’d very much like to be your maid,
One shilling a week I must be paid;
I’m tired of school, and I’m tired of play,
I’ll work so hard if you’ll let me stay.

I’ll make you a cup of morning tea,
With buttered toast, as hot as can be,
I’ll bath the dog, and I’ll feed the cat,
I think I could trim your Sunday hat.

I’ll wash your “hankies” and sweep the floor,
Or clean the steps near the kitchen door;
I’m sure I would love to live with you,
So please will you tell me what to do.


The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, NSW), 24 November 1928, p. 13

Also published in:
The Cairns Post (Cairns, Qld.), 9 January 1929, p. 10
The Northern Herald (Cairns, Qld.), 16 January 1929, p. 38

Editor’s notes:
hankies = handkerchiefs (plural of the vernacular “hanky”, i.e. “handkerchief”)

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