The Watch on the Kerb

Henry Lawson, 1888

      Night-lights are falling;
        Girl of the street,
      Go to your calling
        If you would eat.
      Lamplight and starlight
        And moonlight superb,
      Bright hope is a farlight,
        So watch on the kerb.

      Watch on the kerb,
        Watch on the kerb;
      Hope is a farlight;
        Then watch on the kerb.

      Comes a man: call him —
        Gone! he is vext;
      Curses befall him,
        Wait for the next!
      Fair world and bright world,
        Life still is sweet —
      Girl of the night-world,
        Watch on the street.

      Dreary the watch is:
        Moon sinks from sight,
      Gas only blotches
        Darkness with light;
      Never, Oh, never
        Let courage go down;
      Keep from the river,
        Oh, Girl of the Town!


      The Bulletin, 19 April 1888