When I was King and Other Verses

Andy’s Return


Henry Lawson

WITH pannikins all rusty,
    And billy burnt and black,
And clothes all torn and dusty,
    That scarcely hide his back;
With sun-cracked saddle-leather,
    And knotted greenhide rein,
And face burnt brown with weather,
    Our Andy’s home again!

His unkempt hair is faded
    With sleeping in the wet,
He’s looking old and jaded;
    But he is hearty yet.
With eyes sunk in their sockets—
    But merry as of yore;
With big cheques in his pockets,
    Our Andy’s home once more!

Old Uncle’s bright and cheerful;
    He wears a smiling face;
And Aunty’s never tearful
    Now Andy’s round the place.
Old Blucher barks for gladness;
    He broke his rusty chain,
And leapt in joyous madness
    When Andy came again.

With tales of flood and famine,
    On distant northern tracks,
And shady yarns—‘baal gammon!’
    Of dealings with the blacks,
From where the skies hang lazy
    On many a northern plain,
From regions dim and hazy
    Our Andy’s home again!

His toil is nearly over;
    He’ll soon enjoy his gains.
Not long he’ll be a drover,
    And cross the lonely plains.
We’ll happy be for ever
    When he’ll no longer roam,
But by some deep, cool river
    Will make us all a home.

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