C J Dennis

C J Dennis

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Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis, better known as C. J. Dennis, (7 September 1876 – 22 June 1938) was an Australian poet known for his humorous poems, especially "The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke", published in the early 20th century.
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Growing Up

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Little Tommy Tadpole began to weep and wail,    For little Tommy Tadpole had lost his little tail;
And his mother didn't know him as he wept upon a log,    For he wasn't Tommy Tadpole, but Mr
Thomas Frog
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The Call of Stoush

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Wot price ole Ginger Mick
'E's done a break -  Gone to the flamin' war to stoush the foe
Wus it fer glory, or a woman's sake
Ar, arst me somethin' easy
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The Play

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Wot's in a name
— she sez

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Urry

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Now,
Ma-til-der
Ain't cher dressed yet
I declare, the girl ain't up
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Riding Song

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Flippity-flop
Flippity-flop
Here comes the butcher to bring us a chop   Cantering, cantering down the wide street   On his little bay mare with the funny white feet;
Cantering, cantering out to the farm,
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The Austral-Aise

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Fellers of Australier,  Blokes an' coves an' coots,
Shift yer —- carcases,  Move yer —- boots
Gird yer —- loins up,  Get yer —- gun,
Set the —- enermy  An' watch the blighters run
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The Little People

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'Twas a long bush night; and the old hut light Shone out thro' the open
To flood the knees of the great bush trees And the scrub that grew before
And, as I dreamed where the firelight gleamed, And watched the long hours lag,
Came th...
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The Ant Explorer

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Once a little sugar ant made up his mind to roam-To far away far away, far away from home
He had eaten all his breakfast, and he had his ma's
To see what he should chance to see and here's the way he
Up and down a fern frond, round ...
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Our Street

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In our street, the main street  Running thro' the town,
You see a lot of busy folk  Going up and down:
Bag men and basket men,  Men with loads of hay,
Buying things and selling things  And carting things away
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The Music of your Voice

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A vase upon the mantelpiece,   A ship upon the sea,
A goat upon a mountain-top   Are much the same to me;
But when you mention melon jam,   Or picnics by the creek,
Or apple pies, or pantomimes,   I love to hear you speak
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The Circus

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Hey, there
Hoop-la
the circus is in town
Have you seen the elephant
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The Dawn Dance

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What do you think I saw to-day when I arose at dawn
Blue Wrens and Yellow-tails dancing on the lawn
Bobbing here, and bowing there, gossiping away,
And how I wished that you were there to see the merry play
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The Drovers

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Out across the spinifex, out across the sand,
Out across the saltbush to Never Never land That's the way the drovers go, jogging down the track - That's the way the drovers go
But how do they come back
Back across the saltbush from ...
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A Womans Way

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Women is strange
You take my tip;
I'm wise
I know enough to know I'll never
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The White Foxglove

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Reynard, the Fox, was asked to a party
"Come", they said, in your Sunday best,
For we like good form, tho' the fun be hearty;
So all who dance must be formally dressed:
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Hist!

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