[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.
L. E. HOMFRAY.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, NSW), 24 November 1928, p. 13
hankies = handkerchiefs (plural of the vernacular “hanky”, i.e. “handkerchief”)