March 1, 2006

Flowing Beards Are All the Go

And now while round the shearing floor the list’ning shearers gape,
He tells the story o’er and o’er, and brags of his escape.
‘Them barber chaps what keeps a tote, By George, I’ve had enough,
One tried to cut my bloomin’ throat, but thank the Lord it’s tough.’
And whether he’s believed or no, there’s one thing to remark,
That flowing beards are all the go way up in Ironbark.
—A.B. "Banjo" Paterson from The Man From Ironbark

Source: THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER AND OTHER VERSES e-text online by OzLit@Vicnet
The poem was first published in The Bulletin (a weekly published in Sydney, Australia) on Dec. 17, 1892.

Posted by niganit at March 1, 2006 8:28 AM
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