The Dog in the Moon

Henry Lawson, 1909

      In the days of your childhood, when Granny was there,
      And all things were truthful, and all things were fair;
      You believed that your sin would be punished right soon —
      You believed in the tale of the Man in the Moon.

      And for picking up sticks on a Sunday, we knew,
      He was sent to the Moon. But his dog followed too.
      The master's been dead for full many a June,
      But his old dog still mourns him — the Dog in the Moon.

      If you do not believe me — and people are dull —
      Just seek the right place when the moon is at full.
      And you'll hear the dogs howling a dolorous tune —
      'Tis the Earth dogs that answer the Dog in the Moon.