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."