Re-Echoes from Coondambo [Verses].

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 Excerpt: ... Is it not Christmas? Shall the trifling heat--Some ten above the hundred in the shade--The cricket match delay? No! Pitch the wickets Out on the station flat, its dust and lumps Will make things lively; those old tins will do! Now choose the sides, and if some oily stains Where fat men stand, at eventide ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 Excerpt: ... Is it not Christmas? Shall the trifling heat--Some ten above the hundred in the shade--The cricket match delay? No! Pitch the wickets Out on the station flat, its dust and lumps Will make things lively; those old tins will do! Now choose the sides, and if some oily stains Where fat men stand, at eventide shall mark The places where they melted, be it so; For Englishmen must play the game of cricket, Or, like great heroes, perish i' the attempt! In January, with its length of day And fierce o'ermastering heat, the whirlwinds stalk Like slim, majestic giants, o'er the plain, All undisturbed by winds, which slumber then, But wake anon, and in outrageous mood Pelt (arth and sky with suffocating dust, As did the hand "Kehama." All things here Are sufferers alike; the wretched sheep From early hour to well-nigh sunset stand With hanging heads in misery--the while 'Gainst filthy atmosphere their shadows lean--Not falling to the ground. By oxen plods The waterdrawer--grimly cursing--till From gathered dust and streaming sweat his face A mask, assumes of saline mud, while eyes, Ears, mouth, and nostrils, aye his very lungs, Are filled to overflowing, and his beard, Earthed up to half its depth, becomes a mat--Would need a hoe to free it. Ropes of mud Hang from the muzzles of the wretched beasts, Which he perforce must drive; their smarting eyes Heap'd round with grime, distil great rolling tears-, Which overflow their dams and trickle down Upon their dusty cheeks. The traveller, With blanket laden and with waterbag, Fights grimly on 'gainst dust and scorching wind. To gain the station, while profanely praying That swift damnation may on all things fall! The owner, too, who sits with pipe in mouth And watches listlessly the smoke which curls With thick dus...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781150588167
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 102
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.21 (d)

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