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Rio Grande's Last Race & Other Verses   By: (1864-1941)

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by A. B. Paterson

Original 1902 Sydney edition

The verses in this collection have appeared in papers in various parts of the world "Rio Grande" in London; most of the war verses in Bloemfontein; others in Sydney.

A. B. Paterson.

Contents with First Lines:

Rio Grande's Last Race Now this was what Macpherson told

By the Grey Gulf water Far to the Northward there lies a land,

With the Cattle The drought is down on field and flock,

The First Surveyor 'The opening of the railway line! the Governor and all!

Mulga Bill's Bicycle 'Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze;

The Pearl Diver Kanzo Makame, the diver, sturdy and small Japanee,

The City of Dreadful Thirst The stranger came from Narromine and made his little joke

Saltbush Bill's Gamecock 'Twas Saltbush Bill, with his travelling sheep, was making his way to town;

Hay and Hell and Booligal 'You come and see me, boys,' he said;

A Walgett Episode The sun strikes down with a blinding glare,

Father Riley's Horse 'Twas the horse thief, Andy Regan, that was hunted like a dog

The Scotch Engineer With eyes that searched in the dark,

Song of the Future 'Tis strange that in a land so strong,

Anthony Considine Out in the wastes of the West countrie,

Song of the Artesian Water Now the stock have started dying, for the Lord has sent a drought;

A Disqualified Jockey's Story You see, the thing was this way there was me,

The Road to Gundagai The mountain road goes up and down,

Saltbush Bill's Second Fight The news came down on the Castlereagh, and went to the world at large,

Hard Luck I left the course, and by my side

Song of the Federation As the nations sat together, grimly waiting

The Old Australian Ways The London lights are far abeam

The Ballad of the 'Calliope' By the far Samoan shore,

Do They Know Do they know? At the turn to the straight

The Passing of Gundagai 'I'll introdooce a friend!' he said,

The Wargeilah Handicap Wargeilah town is very small,

Any Other Time All of us play our very best game

The Last Trump 'You led the trump,' the old man said

Tar and Feathers Oh! the circus swooped down

It's Grand It's grand to be a squatter

Out of Sight They held a polo meeting at a little country town,

The Road to Old Man's Town The fields of youth are filled with flowers,

The Old Timer's Steeplechase The sheep were shorn and the wool went down

In the Stable What! You don't like him; well, maybe we all have our fancies, of course:

"He Giveth His Beloved Sleep" The long day passes with its load of sorrow:

Driver Smith 'Twas Driver Smith of Battery A was anxious to see a fight;

There's Another Blessed Horse Fell Down When you're lying in your hammock, sleeping soft and sleeping sound,

On the Trek Oh, the weary, weary journey on the trek, day after day,

The Last Parade With never a sound of trumpet,

With French to Kimberley The Boers were down on Kimberley with siege and Maxim gun;

Johnny Boer Men fight all shapes and sizes as the racing horses run,

What Have the Cavalry Done What have the cavalry done?

Right in the Front of the Army 'Where 'ave you been this week or more,

That V.C. 'Twas in the days of front attack,

Fed Up I ain't a timid man at all, I'm just as brave as most,

Jock! There's a soldier that's been doing of his share

Santa Claus Halt! Who goes there? The sentry's call


Rio Grande's Last Race

Now this was what Macpherson told While waiting in the stand; A reckless rider, over bold, The only man with hands to hold The rushing Rio Grande... Continue reading book >>

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