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While you use your best endeavour to immortalise i

While you use your best endeavour to immortalise in verse
The gambling and the drink which are your country's greatest curse
While you glorify the bully and take the spieler's part
You're a clever southern writer scarce inferior to Bret Harte.

If you sing of waving grasses when the plains are dry as bricks
And discover shining rivers where there's only mud and sticks
If you picture `mighty forests' where the mulga spoils the view
You're superior to Kendall and ahead of Gordon too.

If you swear there's not a country like the land that gave you birth
And its sons are just the noblest and most glorious chaps on earth
If in every girl a Venus your poetic eye discerns
You are gracefully referred to as the `young Australian Burns'.

But if you should find that bushmen spite of all the poets say
Are just common brother sinners and you're quite as good as they
You're a drunkard and a liar and a cynic and a sneak
Your grammar's simply awful and your intellect is weak..

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