Middleton's Rouseabout

Henry Lawson, 1890

      Tall and freckled and sandy,
             Face of a country lout;
      This was the picture of Andy,
             Middleton's Rouseabout.

      Type of a coming nation,
             In the land of cattle and sheep,
      Worked on Middleton's station,
             'Pound a week and his keep.'

      On Middleton's wide dominions
             Plied the stockwhip and shears;
      Hadn't any opinions,
             Hadn't any 'idears'.

      Swiftly the years went over,
             Liquor and drought prevailed;
      Middleton went as a drover,
             After his station had failed.

      Type of a careless nation,
             Men who are soon played out,
      Middleton was: — and his station
             Was bought by the Rouseabout.

      Flourishing beard and sandy,
             Tall and robust and stout;
      This is the picture of Andy,
             Middleton's Rouseabout.

      Now on his own dominions
             Works with his overseers;
      Hasn't any opinions,
             Hasn't any 'idears'.