Henry Lawson

Grenfell, New South Wales
Henry Lawson
Grenfell, New South Wales
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The Shame Of Going Back

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When you've come to make a fortune and you haven't made your salt,
And the reason of your failure isn't anybody's fault -
When you haven't got a billet, and the times are very slack,
There is nothing that can spur you like the shame of going back;
Crawling home with empty pockets,
Going back hard-up;
Oh! it's then you learn the meaning of humiliation's cup.

When the place and you are strangers and you struggle all alone,
And you have a mighty longing for the town where you are known;
When your clothes are very shabby and the future's very black,
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Fay Slimm 07 April 2009
This is an apt summary of the humiliation of return without gain - and one which has demanded the lives of the mislead for centuries..... very clearly penned....
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