[Editor: This poem for children, by Eva Oakley, was published in Willie Wagtail, Two Little Romances and Other Verses (1945).]
“Robbie, Spadgie and Willie Wagtail”
The little Robin, once again,
And his good friend, the Sparrow,
Were flying o’er a fence one day,
When they espied a barrow.
It was an old and rusty one,
And they both went into it,
When Master Tom Cat came along,
Determined they would rue it;
But Willie Wagtail, on the ground,
Had seen that sly, old cat too,
And gave the warning to the rest;
So right away, all three flew.
“My word! You are a good pal, Bill,”
Both Rob and Spadgie uttered,
And, back into that yard again,
They never, never fluttered.
Eva Oakley, Willie Wagtail, Two Little Romances and Other Verses, Melbourne: Austral Printing & Publishing Company, , p. 4
o’er = (archaic) over (pronounced the same as “oar”, “or”, and “ore”)