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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
173. The Shearer’s Wife
 
By Louis Esson
 
 
BEFORE the glare o’ dawn I rise
  To milk the sleepy cows, an’ shake
The droving dust from tired eyes,
Look round the rabbit traps, then bake
  The children’s bread.        5
There ’s hay to stook, an’ beans to hoe,
An’ ferns to cut i’ th’ scrub below;
Women must work, when men must go
  Shearing from shed to shed.
 
I patch an’ darn, now evening comes,        10
An’ tired I am with labour sore,
Tired o’ the bush, the cows, the gums,
Tired, but must dree for long months more
  What no tongue tells.
The moon is lonely in the sky,        15
Lonely the bush, an’ lonely I
Stare down the track no horse draws nigh
  An’ start…at the cattle bells.
 

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