Henry Lawson

Grenfell, New South Wales
Henry Lawson
Grenfell, New South Wales
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Andy's Gone With Cattle

Rating: 3.1

Our Andy's gone to battle now
'Gainst Drought, the red marauder;
Our Andy's gone with cattle now
Across the Queensland border.

He's left us in dejection now;
Our hearts with him are roving.
It's dull on this selection now,
Since Andy went a-droving.

Who now shall wear the cheerful face
In times when things are slackest?
And who shall whistle round the place
When Fortune frowns her blackest?

Oh, who shall cheek the squatter now
When he comes round us snarling?
His tongue is growing hotter now
Since Andy cross'd the Darling.

The gates are out of order now,
In storms the `riders' rattle;
For far across the border now
Our Andy's gone with cattle.

Poor Aunty's looking thin and white;
And Uncle's cross with worry;
And poor old Blucher howls all night
Since Andy left Macquarie.

Oh, may the showers in torrents fall,
And all the tanks run over;
And may the grass grow green and tall
In pathways of the drover;

And may good angels send the rain
On desert stretches sandy;
And when the summer comes again
God grant 'twill bring us Andy.
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COMMENTS
bodie 30 November 2020
Andy is to spend 14 days in quarinteen because he crossing the border. Police will check his papers and his cattle, to see they are in order. Andy does'nt mind the wait, He'll forget about the broken gate For now he's in the Sunshine state, And livin' it up, Mate.
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A. O''Connor 22 July 2020
Andy is to spend 14 days in quarinteen because he crossing the border. Police will check his papers and his cattle, to see they are in order. Andy does'nt mind the wait, He'll forget about the broken gate For now he's in the Sunshine state, And livin' it up, Mate.
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tahlia 29 April 2020
love this poem. had to do this for a task at school and love every word in this poem.
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Paul Herring 02 July 2019
We learnt this poem at school as kids. It was good then, it is good now.
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Eliza 08 November 2018
I am writing an oral on this, what is the purpose of the poem?
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Oduro Bright Amoh 21 May 2015
Andy for sure, is being missed a lot. This poem is lovely
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Brian Jani 20 June 2014
Andy's Gone With Cattle, i like this poem and the queensland theme is just perfect
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Narita Zaraki 27 January 2013
I love it. I can't really explain what but there is something very dear and precious about Andy himself. it's almost like that feeling you get after reading a book and you're in love with a character. This felt like that.
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Manonton Dalan 27 January 2012
wow! this is very nice description of queensland. i've been to brisbane on month of june it's lovely and people are very nice. i love that meat pie. no women in pubs.
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Ari Ryan 27 January 2011
I really Enjoyed this poem. It makes you think.
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