Treasure Island

Louis Esson

(1879 - 1943 / Australia)

Poems of Louis Esson

1. Brogan's Lane 1/1/2004
2. Caprice 1/1/2004
3. The Cradle Song 1/1/2004
4. The Old Black Billy an' Me 1/1/2004
5. The Shearers Wife 1/1/2004

The Shearers Wife

Before the glare o’ dawn I rise
To milk the sleepy cows, an’ shake
The droving dust from tired eyes,
Look round the rabbit traps, then bake
The children’s bread.
There’s hay to stook, an’ beans to hoe,
An’ ferns to cut in the scrub below,
Women must work, when men must go
Shearing from shed to shed.

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