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The Glugs of Gosh

The Glugs of Gosh by C. J. Dennis
By: (1876-1938)

First published in 1917, The Glugs of Gosh satirizes Australian life at the start of the twentieth century – but the absurdities it catalogs seem just as prevalent at the start of the twenty-first. The foolishness of kings, the arrogance of the elite, the gullibility of crowds, the pride of the self-righteous, the unthinking following of tradition – all find themselves the targets of C. J. Dennis’ biting wit.

First Page:

THE GUGS OF GOSH

BY

C J DENNIS

With Illustrations by Hal Gye

FIRST PUBLISHED 1917

TO MY WIFE

CONTENTS

I. THE GLUG QUEST II. JOI, THE GLUG III. THE STONES OF GOSH IV. SYM, THE SON OF JOI V. THE GROWTH OF SYM VI. THE END OF JOI VII. THE SWANKS OF GOSH VIII. THE SEER IX. THE RHYMES OF SYM X. THE DEBATE XI. OGS XII. EMILY ANN XIII. THE LITTLE RED DOG

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

THE CITY OF GOSH AS GLUG BLAMED GLUG "AND NOW," SAID THE TEACHER . . . O'ER THE PROPHECY PORED QUOG TOOK THE CHAIR ON THE ROYAL DOOR MAT TAKING THE AIR

Let him who is minded to meet with a Glug Pluck three hardy hairs from a rabbit skin rug; Blow one to the South, and one to the West, Then burn another and swallow the rest. And who shall explain 'tis the talk of a fool, He's a Glug! He's a Glug of the old Gosh school! And he'll climb a tree, if the East wind blows, In a casual way, just to show he knows . . . Now, tickle his toes! Oh, tickle his toes! And don't blame me if you come to blows.

OLD GOSH RHYME

I. THE GLUG QUEST

Follow the river and cross the ford, Follow again to the wobbly bridge, Turn to the left at the notice board, Climbing the cow track over the ridge; Tip toe soft by the little red house, Hold your breath if they touch the latch, Creep to the slip rails, still as a mouse, Then ... Continue reading book >>


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