Learn More

Banjo Paterson

(17 February 1864 – 5 February 1941 / New South Wales)

A Nervous Governor-General


We read in the press that Lord Northcote is here
To take up Lord Tennyson's mission.
'Tis pleasant to find they have sent us a Peer,
And a man of exalted position.
It's his business to see that the Radical horde
From loyalty's path does not swerve us;
But his tastes, and the task, don't seem quite in accord
For they say that His Lordship is nervous.
Does he think that wild animals walk in the street,
Where the wary marsupial is hopping?
Does he think that the snake and the platypus meet
And "bail up" the folk who go shopping?
And the boomerangs fly round the scared passer-by
Who has come all this way to observe us.
While the blackfellow launches a spear at his eye?
-- No wonder His Lordship is nervous.

Does he think that with callers he'll be overtasked,
From a baronet down to a barber?
Does he dream of the number of times he'll be asked
"What he thinks of our Beautiful Harbour?"
Does he sadly reflect on the sorrows that ding
Round his task? (From such sorrows preserve us!)
He must hear John See speak and O'Sullivan sing,
-- It's enough to make any man nervous.

Does he think he'll be waked in the dead of night
From Melbourne to go willy-nilly,
To live in the Federal Capital site
At Tumut or Wagra-go-billy?
Well, the Melbournites may let the Capital go
(Here we wink with one eye, please observe us!)
But not in a hurry! By no means! Oh, no!
He has not the least need to be nervous!

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: shopping, snake, beautiful, dream, night, sorrow, animal

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Nervous Governor-General by Banjo Paterson )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
  2. Christmas Trees, Robert Frost
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  5. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. Christmas Day In the Workhouse, George Robert Sims
  8. A Late Walk, Robert Frost
  9. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  10. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost

Poem of the Day

poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. '' Death Can't Be Undone '', bri mar
  2. Ravenna, Edward Kofi Louis
  3. Breath, beneath!, Edward Kofi Louis
  4. Rosy (Ten), Asit Kumar Sanyal
  5. Merry Christmas My Dear, Michael P. McParland
  6. See, seer!, Edward Kofi Louis
  7. Obligated, Edward Kofi Louis
  8. Rosy (Nine), Asit Kumar Sanyal
  9. Rosy (Eight), Asit Kumar Sanyal
  10. to be or not to be a vegtarianien, oskar hansen
[Hata Bildir]