To a Pair of Blucher Boots

Henry Lawson, 1890

      Old acquaintance unforgotten,
      Though you may be "ugly brutes",
      Though your leather's cracked and rotten,
      Worn-out pair of Blucher boots.

      'Tis the richer man before you,
      Dearer leathers grace his feet;
      'Twas the better man that wore you
      In the tramps through dust and heat!

      Oft rebuffed by "super's" snarling,
      When I asked him for a "show",
      On that long tramp to the Darling
      In the days of long ago;

      Tell me, if you know it, whether,
      As I sadly tramped away,
      Bore I heavy on your leather,
      Worn-out pair of Bluchers, say?

      Though your leather's cracked and rotten,
      Though you may be ugly brutes,
      I'll preserve you unforgotten,
      Worn-out pair of Blucher boots!