Henry Lawson

(17 June 1867 – 2 September 1922 / Grenfell, New South Wales)

A Prouder Man Than You - Poem by Henry Lawson

If you fancy that your people came of better stock than mine,
If you hint of higher breeding by a word or by a sign,
If you're proud because of fortune or the clever things you do --
Then I'll play no second fiddle: I'm a prouder man than you!

If you think that your profession has the more gentility,
And that you are condescending to be seen along with me;
If you notice that I'm shabby while your clothes are spruce and new --
You have only got to hint it: I'm a prouder man than you!

If you have a swell companion when you see me on the street,
And you think that I'm too common for your toney friend to meet,
So that I, in passing closely, fail to come within your view --
Then be blind to me for ever: I'm a prouder man than you!

If your character be blameless, if your outward past be clean,
While 'tis known my antecedents are not what they should have been,
Do not risk contamination, save your name whate'er you do --
`Birds o' feather fly together': I'm a prouder bird than you!

Keep your patronage for others! Gold and station cannot hide
Friendship that can laugh at fortune, friendship that can conquer pride!
Offer this as to an equal -- let me see that you are true,
And my wall of pride is shattered: I am not so proud as you!

Comments about A Prouder Man Than You by Henry Lawson

  • (9/13/2015 6:57:00 AM)

    I like the poem and truly birds of a feather fly together (Report)Reply

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  • (9/13/2015 6:55:00 AM)

    I like the poem .....makes me gain my confidence (Report)Reply

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  • (8/11/2015 12:31:00 AM)

    WHA! ! ! ! THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER (Report)Reply

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  • (8/11/2015 12:31:00 AM)

    This Poem Is Definitely my Fave By Lawson, He is such a great author (Report)Reply

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  • (1/31/2014 2:02:00 AM)

    ......so true.friendship can win hearts around the world....very nice.. (Report)Reply

    (8/11/2015 12:33:00 AM)

    Perfect! !

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  • (5/11/2007 5:11:00 PM)

    Compliments of the day to you.
    I am Miss nenita fred I am single,23yrs.However How are you? hope you are fine and in perfect condition of health.I went through your profile and i read it and took intersest in it, if you don't mind i will like to know you much better, although i came online to look for a true and loving man that is ready for a true, honest and loving relationship and will be able to take good care of me if you are the kind of man am talking about then send me a mail now on my private email (nenita_4life77@yahoo.co.uk) included, so that i will tell you all about myself and a picture of myself.looking forward to hear from you, thanks and God bless
    miss nenita
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  • (2/17/2006 1:23:00 AM)

    Inspiring, totally inspiring. This man was so with it so long ago. A classic case of an intelligent man stifled by the arteficial restraints of class and wealth. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/7/2005 4:01:00 AM)

    this is great im doing this for a school skit GREAT! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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