Ned's Delicate Way

Henry Lawson, 1892

      Ned knew I was short of tobacco one day,
      And that I was too proud to ask for it;
      He hated such pride, but his delicate way
      Forbade him to take me to task for it.

      I loathed to be cadging tobacco from Ned,
      But, when I was just on the brink of it;
      'I've got a new brand of tobacco", he said —
      "Try a smoke, and let's know what you think of it."