Marcus Clarke

(24 April 1846 – 2 August 1881 / London / United Kingdom)

Marcus Clarke Poems

1. An Australian Paean—1876 4/21/2010
2. In a Lady's Album 1/1/2004
3. The Song of Tigilau 1/4/2003
4. The Wail of the Waiter 5/23/2012

The Wail of the Waiter

All day long, at Scott's or Menzies', I await the gorging crowd,
Panting, penned within a pantry, with the blowflies humming loud,
There at seven in the morning do I count my daily cash,
While the home-returning reveller calls for 'soda and a dash'.
And the weary hansom-cabbies set the blinking sqautters down,
Who, all night, in savage freedom, have been 'knocking round the town'.
Soon the breakfast gong resounding bids the festive meal begin,
And, with appetites like demons, come the gen

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