To Bourke's Statue

To Bourke's Statue  (1855) 
by Thomas Livingstone Mitchell








Unceremoniously Dedicated,









"O wad some pow'r the giftie gie us,
To see oursels as others see us."

Alumni of the South: I fain would sing
The pompous asses and their blustering
Whose acts obey the vice versa law
Reflecting lustre from mere men of straw

Who, like the laughing jackass, cachinnate
In silly chatter to the chair of state
Where sculptors model so securely sate,—

Where deepest jet, the purest pearl, outvies
Nature still constant in anomalies
And "Honest man, God's noblest work," a name
Unknown in annals of this House of Fame—
More lofty verse for such were penned in vaen
Each pick his portrait in pure doggrel strain.—
Let stern reality my picture fill
Forego the lovely for the literal
My metre as my tone play as I please
With varied tints, as Autumn paints the trees.—
Let me invoke, dread Nemesis, thy aid
Thy coin flow freely where the debt is paid
Oh! may this nobbler bright my muse inspire
And guide my goose quill thro' thy maze,—Satire,—

First on the Stage, drag am'rous Charley forth
Of stolid countenance in mirth or wrath,
Whose blue bagged jowl proclaims his boasted tree,
The Dead sea[1] fruit of bastard ancestry;—
Clever to "tip the silk" give double thong
Or chalk out cherubs a là Mittagong——
This pilot, England's choice, to guide the helm
Corrupt a people and confound a realm,
Where Nature's gifts were all that man could have,
Each stream Pactolus, Commerce on the wave,
Wise were such choice, did wine and wassail bring
The attributes pertaining to a King;
Wise were the choice, did ignorance decree
Weal, worth, and blessing to posterity;
Wise is the choice, blind mortals slow to know,
Where foulest sewer, the richest crop must grow;
Virtue and Justice prove etceteras here
Where vice is rampant, Wisdom sheds a tear.—
Unhappy Land! where every post is sold
Where wives work wonders, woman versus gold,
Where lust and passion find an easy prey,
For mothers pander for a mouster's pay;
Husbands devour the bread that beauty buys,—
Oh! drop the veil o'er past atrocities—
As Fouché spoke of some voluptuous halls
Those deeds, re-echo our vice-regal halls
As o'er Pompeian stews 'neath sign of brass
Be blazoned here ("hic habet felicitas")—
Oh look around, where this mis-govern'd land
Shews, labor lost, engraved on every hand,
Should any pile rear loftier roof on high
There spilt the blood of convict dynasty—
Now Farmers-General vegetate at ease,
The driv'ling dotards but increase their fees,
Lessen the lustre of Great Britain's name,
While virtue blushes, deepest blush of shame;
The land were happy with no farther harm,
Nor envy we the ordure of their farm——.
Glorious achievement of two lustrums peace

Raised six score ducks and half a hundred geese,
Well pampered ease its golden eggs may hoard
Geese throng around, as well as on the board—
If in tradition there be truth at all
Here's the right stuff to save the Capitol
Nor our fierce Yeomen and brave Vulunteers
Anticipate a grateful nations tears,
Unborn the Rooshuns Sydney rifles kill
And troopers charged but in their tailor's bill
Oh blazes? 'twere a goodly sight to see
The town turn out its troops of Cavalry
All daring riders on their lamp-post steeds
Both man and horse unique in divers breeds,
The moustache movement proves the only one
The gallant Yeomanry has ever done———
When Rooshans come; shall follow Polar bears
The shaggy races will descend in pairs
And make reprisals on some stormy day
On Perouse monument, in Botany Bay—
Well did Macdonald (ere he cut) foresee,
On that dread day a bloodless victory,
The parole "sauve qui peut" proclaims their fate,
The troopers rally round the turnpike gate;
The pikeman opens, (tipped with ample pay),
And running Riflemen point out the way.

Pass Vizier Deass who with aspect mild
Could charm a servant or beguile a child,
Low cunning was your forte; yea, 't is confest,
Experience colonial forged you best,
Amid the sneaks who pandered to the chief
To court a courtesan or cloak a thief—
All selfish interest thine,—I've yet to know
What you have done without quid pro quo?
From earliest times when gifts of early purl
Poured on each mistress in delightful whirl,
To when the more sedate and crafty Turk
Sacked his Zenana to embrace a Bourke—
For such as thou I have no time to spare

You've left the land, and where, none know nor care
Stop where you are, 'twill be Australia's gain
Your pension pilfer, don't come back again.—

What modern Œdipus the riddle solves
That riddle on whose con the weight devolves,
To raise or lower the steelyard of the state
To ink to Zero or to raise it Great:—
Cold sweats 'tis said reduced him two stone less
Since Cowper's motion plunged him in a mess—
Had he but kept to cutlets and small beer
With tongue fast fettered, he had nought to fear
But mad ambition and the greed for gain
Have proved at once his antidote and bane—
He too be pensioned for his work and worth,
Of such live stock may Sydney have a dearth—
A wondrous digit is that number nine;
In mystic circle or the magic line
Others than Wizard of the North divine
That 6 inverted still is number nine;
But when applied to bonded eau de vie
A light clears up a seeming mystery,
'Tis true yet strange that wonders never cease
From herbe of Holloway to Bruin's grease
The simples' virtue and the pure supply
Like statesman Riddle, turn out "all my eye,"
And "Betty Martin" Martin great in song—
Who solved this riddle?—Profits Dan and Long.

The cork is drawn the Treasurer's bottled lore
Now pours in bumpers from his cellar'd store
Old classic cribs are conjured from the dust
But countless folios won't remove the rust,
Spell, Spout, and splutter for your hireling clan
Your peroration ends where you began——

Haste dummy Stirling quick your harness doff
Ere upstart Denison should lug it off
(But little wisdom Downing-street I fear
Translates this quondum Gaoler-General here

Whether 'tis freeman, whether bondman write
Or breed or color Hubert can indict
High cockalorumtibi ends in fight,—

No rivets here, no iron to rust the soul
Despite of despot or his chains control)——
Erst rummy Lord of Stills, Church, Infant lands
Why trust your footing on these vile quicksands
Where weight of M. C. only sinks you deep
In mire you wade, but have not strength to leap?
Go; learn the fable of the Bull and Frog
Ye worthy worshippers of Guildhall Gog[2]

Alas! unlike the worthy plodding soul,
Who chased, in harness down the fleeting gaol,—
As eager youth pursued the Iris bound,
The more he searched, more distant it was found,
Lithgow; full well performed your thankless part
Your sole reward, a sound and honest heart,
That gladsome conscience, deeds not words impart,—
Let seasons roll; when history begin
And rumour trumpets every heinous sin
When all embezzlement is blazon'd broad
Your firm integrity shall fame record;
When bribes were barbed and virtuous, vilest deeds
A rara avis midst a herd of thieves——
May happy age succeed unblemished youth,
And Fortune's favors once repay the truth.——

See him of aspect dire and haughty gait
As though himself were a triumvirate,
Who dreams of honors, forges Bomerang screws
And wakes in anger Camõens lofty muse
Who damns the language that cooked such rhyme
(To spoil the Lusiad were a heinous crime:)
Your childish choler but provokes a sneer,
And makes you small, the very smallest beer,

With Sisyphic attempts Fame's temple try
No niche is there for eccentricity———
High roads Colossus once was yours the power
To move each bullock team as coach and four.
Why did you fail, when yours the ironed man
To make the "high hills hop" as hop'd "Bashan?"
Go grave your maps, in survey you succeed
Where praise is worthy, let me grant the meed,
Thousands of men and money shout for land
But here as elsewhere work is at a stand.—

Let Customs Chief sedately take his place,
Midst waning moon-calves shew one gibbous face,
'Tis true no Pylian's mantle did descend
To guide his eloquence, his peers defend,
But cast amid this heterogeneous race,
A man midst Chimpanzees—quite out of place—
He does his work sans peur et sans reproche
And dont embezzle to display a coach.—

What umbrella major now appears
And takes his seat quite overcome by fears?
What pale timidity sits on his brow
As though his heart anticipates a row
Clever to plead for place, or lick a plate
To cough in Council, or to clean a grate,
From lowest grade this Magnate's riz so high
He quite forgets his proud antiquity.—
Tried every post he now the master rules
And misdirects the foolery of fools——
Hoard up your money while 'tis easy earned
No distant day, the tables must be turned.—

See Pinchgut member fumble at the door
In case his comates aint gone in before
A precious mull he made the other day
To vote by accident the other way,——
How ludicrous the nod, the beck, and wink
Come here, "no there," "'tis right fornent, I think;"

Belay at Bellamy’s, imbibe the cheer,
The only sort you’ll ere call forth I fear;
Your flunkey stepson hover on your wake,
And flush your intellect with ale and cake;
Port Curtis Barataria missed your rule
And Sancho Panza mounts again his mule—

Oh “cloud Capt.” Brownne, oh, passim H.H.B.
What Demon tempted me to scribble thee?
Oh! whipper-in at tail of every hound
Where’er the carcase, you are surely found,—
Ships mate yourself, a mate you found at sea,
That one bright gleam reveals thy history,
Proclaims the interest vested in the land
Your step-sire’s mantle must on you descend—
Dead Reck’ning proves the acme of your skill
While living Immigrants your pockets fill,—
Why Sydneyites so long can harbor thee
Looms in my mind a sorry mystery.——

Supreme Attorney, oracle of law
I fain a veil would o’er your portrait draw
Those shrivelled features, indices of brain
Pronounce, that Bigotry will prove your bane,
The Jesuits cunning dictates every move
And Roman tramples on the Sydney Cove——
Great J.P. architect, be warned, beware,
Who live by logic, need to split a hair
Your Magistrates, the benches well adorn
Curs, caitiffs, cuifs, a byeword and a scorn.—
’Tis true some read, some write, or drink or swear
All barter justice, where all tip is fair
The master grinds the man—’tis snob prevails
E’en Jilks would fail to regalate the scales.—
Homage to beauty and to talent’s due
From Irish Judges and Attorney’s too,
Whether on stage or at drop scene they act
More pride of place were meet (a stubborn fact)
Than panegyric pen at any price,
Or keep a hostile for a cantatrice.——

Pronounced just as you please, but it will rhyme
In Sydney dialect and ding-dong chime.——
For shame! for shame! good Cuthills name refuse
And brand “The Foundlings” the itinerant muse

Let Tommy Barker put his fortune down
And shine a second Heriot in renown
Then may St. Barker puppefy the town—

Euphonious is the name of Tommy B.
Euphonious his colonial history
Chief Justice and Chief Miller thick as thieves
Antithesis of our antipodes.—

Solicitor “ethereal mildness come,”
’Tis sweet from out the d——d to rescue some,
Your foibles are weak man’s, ’t were painful praise
To hold you honest in these golden days,
When honesty’s reward is Fortune’s frown,
So trite the fact it has a proverb grown,
’Tis strategy, not strength, that lands the trout,
All cut, like Poleaxe but—they’re not found out.
You’re rather prosy, full stop, and hum drum,
A trifle that besides your comrade’s mum,
Ryan’s happy answer, written on your heart,
Shows repartee may sometimes good impart,
Your tongue be tempered, nor o’eract in farce,
He heaves no stones, whose house is built of glass—

So now I’ve handled all the hireling hacks,
(Fine steel heeds not the harness on their backs)
I’ll wipe the blade o’er every peltry loon
And speak to Speaker in his proper tune——
Look where he sits ensconced in ample chair,
A jackal silent in a lion’s lair——
’Tis by the gross that nature breeds such things,
Insects of even that have cast their wings,
All, all alike, without a plume to soar,
But armed with weapons, sharp to sink them lower,
Tho’ versed in all, being no detective spy,
Some secrets I will spare publicity,

“Sat me lusisti,” in some evil hour
Creature of fortune; you, may well feel her power—
Cyclopian Goneworth, Sydney’s godlike man
Who chaos banished, when her day began,
You have have had yours—as every dog enjoys,
Till hunger’s sated and the carrion cloys—
I’ll not be personal, nor say one word
Of fiction, no, nor of the facts I’ve heard—
Posterity’s hall judge your vaunted deeds
Told oft and hopeless as are penance beads,
The “bloody head,” as Darling left the shore,
Can’t smear your conscience, ’twas but bellock’s gore,
Revenge were cowardly that woman scares,
But craft, not courage, is the game of bears,
Oh! changeling soul, oh selfish renegade,
You’d sell your country and yourelf degrade—
Eschew the past, vice-regal vices ape
Thersites, crooked in thy ways as shape—
Fair Norfolk Isle, the climate of thy birth
For ever chain thee to thy native hearth—
Look on this picture “useless Highland boors,”
See, now the gillies urge him o’er the moors,
The wornout debauchee, now knows their worth
Did they know his he’d get a pleasant berth,
“Wine bibber,” look, lest you o’erlesp the goal,
“Thou dog in forehead, but a hart in soul”

Show, noisy charlatan, thy “gig lamp” face,
Thy hearers titillate with low grimace
While Sawney saws and ribald jests you try,
Each joke, a type of Scotch vulgarity,
As bad’s the best—I grant you first in nouse
Most learned, Rev. Doctor in the House
To pec or speculate with you the same,
Both rant and banter seem a winning game.

The epitaph on Francis Chartres do
For all your tribe, especially for you,
And has some novelty in being true—

In all the phases of your past career,

No hypocrite or Prodigal appear——
Consummate impudence forbade the one,
And downright meanness, would the other shun.

Come Camel of the wharf, spit forth your spleen,
Swear black is white, avow that white is green,
Say gold’s not gold, but metal’s base alloy
Pert opposition of an illtrained boy,
The twits and twaddle of a school debate,
Shine bright in archives of your infant state,—
Augæan’s stables need Herculean broom
Both thews and sinews of a stalwart groom—
Go sell your slops, sand-sugar in your store,
Nor heed the breakers that in distance roar,
Which shall o’er-whelm Gomorrha in a tide
Unstemmed by Canute; ’tis in vain you tried,
Receding waters sweep the filthied shore
And leave the present but a tale of yore.—

Mark well that fussy pursy starch frilled breast,
That frets and fumes,—a working tub of yeast
To rise itself, or sour the pauper’s bread
Worse luck,—or lead had ballasted its head.—

Whose greasy skin reflects the fawning bow
That toadies to his Coogee patrons; Lo!
The twin Hermophrodite’s some years ago—

What come again to squirt at random range
Its foul saliva,—badinage on change,
How coarse vulgarity proclaims its caste
The parvenu—still striving to be fast—
’Tis S, A, D, sad brand to squatter’s known,
Whom oft it pilfered, and thro’ whom ’tis grown,
The shameless sham, the cautious coward cur,
That blasts the land as doth the Bathurst burr—
’Twas Chilian horse imports the noxious weed,
The fates forbid ass propagate its breed,
The patriot Pict who sowed the thistle down
Compared with this, were Curtius in renown.—

In state palaver, scalpless Doctor’s join,
Prone to prescribe their quack “Great Medicine
Of brandy pawnee tribe these warriors bold
To bleed, shave, chatter as their craft of old—
Oh! shade of Grattan can thy wraith now see
The tricks of namesakes in posterity?
A Douglass to the rescue—echo calls,
Oh “walls have ears”—not so the Council halls—
Your idol, vulgar Goneworth, squints not there
Greek fire falls feebly on the classic chair,
Your finger in the pie on every side
Unless its served at feast of Barmicide,
Euphonious language loves Hibernian lung
And blandest blarney proves Milesian tongue
Bounce and bombast will elbow in a place,
Or you’re not scion of your father’s race—
A pile, you pocket from Macquarie’s grant
That Bill of Billy’s realized the plant—
The bone digested, loud the lurchers bark,
And town uncanny, springs up Douglas Park
As Santa Fé before Boabdil’s walle,
So rise the outlines of ancestral Halls,
Sure Paddy’s beat beneath Australian sky
Trace the patrician from posperity.—

What ass is this? Assassin’s near the mark
That aims his venom’d arrow in the dark?

Cadaverous beat of palish lurid hue
Arch your sire Deacon,—arch indeed are you
Needs give to Parson, as to Deil, his due—

(The Cape of Hope relates an oft told tale
The Table mount still breathes the warriors wail—
No Menelaus there avenge her charms
And Holy men discard recourse to arms,
A second flame shall fulminate from Jove,
And vet’ran gunner lights the match of love,
Strange is the story, strange indeed if true,
May “Caller herrin” be rehearsed anew)—
You’d drag a railway over pet Church-hill,

You phantom Hudson all devoid of skill
“Proud science never taught your soul to stray”
Farther than Camden and its milky way,—
Black is the heart beneath that pallid skin,
Malevolence wrinkles in a fiendish grin,
False to your friend, a friend you’ll never have,
Your life a lie—a lie will point your grave;
Who would confide in you must hope in sin,
For Satan hovers where your steps have been.—
Of all that’s grovelling, dirty, low or bad
You stand the vilest—what I say, I’ve said——
Lisp not your lies aloud, nor cock sure crow
Lest horsewhip second, what my words avow
Foul daub avaunt, false colour fling afar
Nor devil blast you blacker than you are.—

Come creole Darewell, make your game I pray,
Vote stakes too low!—we’ll dash at higher play—
No Constitution monger buy your vote
’Twould spoil the speech that mem’ry got by rote
Speak to the point and be not so verbose,
To be too stiff’s as bad as too jocose
Some merit in a way to you pertains,—
’Tis no great matter—you can count your grains—
In Darewell’s chambers met a motley group
With necks outstretched like geese enclosed in coop,
Gasping to gobble up the words that fell
(Like pearls ’mid swine) from astute Ante-Te,ll——
As in this wondrous land all works contraire
The lazy loungers, that had mustered there,
Startle; as eloquence from Bayley burst,—
“We are hero to canonize our Charles the First
Great Charles the Martyr to a golden pile
Who suffered;—but from overflow of bile,—
Who if he did no good did no great harm
A bell all powerless to create alarm;—
Where is the mob not even Fairfax here
Nor yet his wife? no; “too much wit” I fear;—
Each testimonial now the last outvies

Following the current course of courtesies,—
For length of residence of kin or kith
Take for one instance that of Throsby Smith
Whose name melodious has so famous grown
That the Lake songsters warble it alone.”——

Then cast Saint Charles in rich Corinthian brass
A grand finale to an eight years farce
And every Pandarus——————.

The lazy constables the vellum bear
And force in terror each hind’s signature,—
The clans are roused; forth goes the burning brand
Loud swells the Mort note o’er Australia’s strand
Far o’er the waves reverberates the horn,
For the last time; a going, going, gone.——

What Martin this that chirps about the Hall
For ever piping with new note for all?—
Stare stupid M. C.’s. at research so dry,
And which alone wont shine in orat’ry—
That flippant Police Court style just cast aside
And manliness will many a defect hide——
Demosthenes selects some seamew shore
And would outroar the breakers in their roar
While pebble mouthed he thus his stammer cures
Like like begets ’t will do the same for yours
Tyro as yet—you’ll play the Stateman’s game
Perchance may occupy a niche in fame,—
Integrity of purpose, strength of mind,
Will leave your lubber compeers far behind——

Hail native Nichalls gift with common sense
Of vig’rous mind and sober diligence,
Of various talent, fit for better cause
Than pettifogging in our antique laws—
As you have felt the kindly aid of Jews
Plead for their Rabbi nor the tin refuse,
In every skirmish; in the van you stood
Your acts intended for your country’s good.—

Hit Murray hard, thou man of solemn mood
Of lengthened visage and of rectitude

Whose deep drawn sighs (unlike thy beard) have grown
To echo Werter’s sorrows, with thine own—
What though you tire the nobblerising throng
With fragments dragging their slow length along,
For lack of eloquence, shall worth atone,
Your mein is manly and your mind your own.—

Bear with me Rufus, I would tribute pay
Ere yet I terminate my transient lay,
To noble candour, honesty of heart,
One framed to exercise a beiter part—
Oh know thyself—timidly eschew,
What virtue prompts dont hesitate to do
Avoid cabals, the cliques of vicious clime
Await the advent of a better time,
With genius bonnd, and manhood gone to grass
If vice don’t prosper, write me down an ass.—

Come generous Bland the good, the kind, the friend,
In whom a host of genuine virtues blend
How loud erst while thy voice in stern debate
Controlled the Council or opposed tho State,
Why hast thou slumbered? to when Australia’s prow
Moored to the shore confronts thy frosty pow
While tim’rous pilot dreads to launch the boat
Which craven crimped crew could not set afloat—
What crotchet now inflames your vivid brain?
Steam o’er the calm and face the breeze again
Heed not the chilliness of nobs grown cold
Time may destroy, but cannot make you old.

Up puppet vender, play the marionette
Your mighty passions, puff in constant fret
At silly trifles, Gabo and its oil
May they in turgid indignation boil———
Oi polloi crawlers claim their hideous God
A grateful “Empire” breathes but at his nod,
Vulgarity of person, action, soul,
Proves him not ablest, that may reach the goal—

The mammoth press the Daily’s of the town
Our poor old “Granny” and Parkesennery’s own
Y’clept the ‘Empire;’ f both of like renown,

As clever to misquote: when scant of news
Fill filthy columns from the Sydney stews—
Should aught original here find a place
[3]It would the vilest venal pen disgrace——

The Kempian torso! future students hail
With anxious query, had the thing a tail?
A future Owen striking at the root,
Shall mend the monster, reconstruct the brute,
And prove the best of Megatherium brood
Of waddling habits, and waste paper food,
Of wondrous action, startled seal at bay
Legs! thy asymptotes,—Hyperbola!!!
(Which as the erudite M. C.’s don’t know
Ever approach tho’ meeting proves no go[4])——
All know the tale of the Kilkenny cats
Whose wars intestine spare the breed of rats
For, as poor pussy at its neighbour rails
Both disappear, and lo! a pair of tails—
So shall Parkesennery from intestine flights
Leave to post-science but his co-prolites.—

Is this an Atheist thet my fancy drew
Or Moslem, Parsee, Pariah, or Jew?
Prophetic typical of your renown
Is that skew bridge that lately tumbled down
Tho keystone speech so archly done by you
That it might finish as commenced askew——
With such fatality; predestined work
In future hail it as the Brig ’o Turk——

Soi disant Hakim,—versed in Bailey law
Where monster’s guineas buy his feline paw
To play with murder or to find a flaw,

Who brags of Cockney trips to Palestine
A feat as simple as ascend the Rhine,
Munchausen fires his shots in far Darfur
“Hic niger est”—too sceptical far Moor.—

Come peerless parson, to my lesson lest
’Cute cyclone circler, sage, geologist———
The North Shore witlings may behold ’tis true
A Lyell or a Murchison in you
Or, in St. Leonard’s Sunday fervour feel
In pulpit eloquence, you beat McNeil
When Moses struck the rock with rod of old
Water gushed forth—yours, yields us virgin gold.
While savans differ as to divers sorts,
Believe that rock, the patronyme of quartz———
More versatile than Moses in your way
Break rocks, commandments, or prescribe to pray.
Do! churlish churchman double U.B.C.
Don’t strive to prove the World’s Directory
Newton, self-styled a child upon the shore
Collecting pebbles; you are far before———
Map unknown spheres, control the Comet’s course
And brand the winged Pegasus your horse———

Bleak house blears blindly o’er Eliza’s Bay
Chill as the owner’s hospitality
No music there save weeping willows sigh,
And wavelets ripple murm’ring lullaby,
Chance pic nic pilgrim[5], seeking scallop shell
Draws down in dudgeon this high Admiral.
“Flotsom and jetsom on these shores are mine,
Hark to my deep mouthed bloodhounds sanguine whine”—
Too selfish, greedy, puffy, and effete
For Council squabbles or a world’s debate
This Hermit next appears upon my list,
Oh, tiresome twaddle of the naturalist

Or Natural—for aught that we can know
As where there’s talent, it must surely show.
Why, slavish parasites make such a fuss
’Bout pseudo garden of Alcinous?———
Self only dwells in this Cimmerian Bay.
Where, (if ’tis true what meddling tabbies say)
This Polyphemus doth with Polly play,
And snakes and adders usher in the day.
What Cerberus bloodhounds closely guard the gates
Where solitary gourmand vegetates,
Prates of past turtle steaks and “codger” whales
Such spicy food and racy wit prevails,
And as the Persian pig of former day
Boasts all he has eaten he can take away—
Could he but see himself as others do
His consequence would drop a peg or two———
Christendom’s eighth Champion;—’tis to you
This ladies album epigram is due
Which Barkers flunkey picked up at your gate,
And gave Miss ———; for a perquisite—
“Not steeped in gore Religion’s flag, when woman was
the cause
Of deadly feud, of nations fall, of devastating wars
Now Superstition drains the blood—not woman’s stolen
Still beauty lurks in maiden’s smile, yet all that’s wrong's
a miss
Ho, Cavalier servente to the dame,
Of feather flirting, and Shakspearian fame,
Whose little deaf uxorious husband whines,
As passing years increase the antler’s tynes———
Here are rehearsed the joys of senile bliss,
Conned from the mysteries of Eleusis
And Lupercalia, here the game outvies
Of Dives doating o’er love’s tragedies———
’T were well, that at that memorable play
The dark avengers were so far away,
Or else that ugly scull were bare to-day
As the poor Islander’s, (Ben Boyd’s they say)

Museums may reject the filthy lot
I’ll mount the scull a novel * *
What matter? filled; more fertile than its brains
’T will scatter plenty, not hoard up its gains—
Among the rubbish, for the Paris show,
See here one thing from which some blessings flow
Shown with marsupial Australian fleas;
View Mammon’s scull, from the antipodes———

Realm vies with realm in fashion and haut ton
The modern Cyclop strives with Solomon——
In solemn silence, the Jew’s temple rose,
As was commanded, and tradition shows
Our commerce temples cause a world’s uproar,
And steam-struck anvils ring from shore to shore.
Now lightning wafts the message round the World,
And man o’er sea o’er land by steam is whirled
While the sun paints with undissembling ray
Progressive labor of each toilsome day——
From Taprobane, gems and ivory wend,
And Tarshish still her sunny gifts shall send;
While Worlds unknown transmit the precious ore,
In masses Ophir never dreamt of yore;———
But apes are shipped from classic Sydney Cove,
As supercargoes of its treasure trove;
Samples from Goshen to enlighten France,
Baboonsin brains as well as countenance——
Full many a Hiram’s master mason there
A Tubal Cain prove each artificer,
Boaz and Jachin rise on vapours breath
And domes ascend with magic shibboleth——

Start not star gazer P. P. K. RN.
We ne’er can contemplate your like again
In Logs, proportionals, in you, are seen
Both him of Merchiston, and Maskelyne,—
So say the Dons,—and I am over quick
To grant full measure to a Lunatic,
For transits, fluxions, calculus combin’d

Evince an intellect of no common kind,
Of varied craft, kaleidoscopic soul
Fix Astral Systems, point the Astral Pole
The motto of marines, “by land or sea”
In truth pertains as equally to thee;
Lords of the Isles the same;—’tis no strange thing
For are not you of Southern Isles, the King?
But not the monarch of your survey’d coast
Or, you ’ld ne’er wander now a hapless Ghost,
Of what men took you for,—perchance preserv’d
That blind Observatory where nought’s observ’d
Where double lunars a la thumb and nose
Salute the traveller who thither goes,
To offer smoke at Cloacinas shrine
Or other purposes Stubbs can devine———
Says Watts, all knowledge no man can acquire
But you have leisure, and you are for hire,—
Resolve the nebulæ, fate o’er you flung
Your eye not yet as palsied as your tongue.
No, naught is new in this siderial sky
Phenomenon in our Astronomy!!—
What hardships Halley dared for science sake,
And younger Herschell—follow in his wake.———
Apt cases multiply (go search the schools)
Of genius jaded to unlighten fools
Alas you’ve listed in the Club-fool-alique
Of which worn subject I am sorely sick
If not dead-locked the tablets of your brain
No need to take your altitude again.———

Of would-be cognoseenti there is one
(I bide my time, at present partly dumb,)
Who quite devoid of talent, feeling, sense,
Assumes a borrowed, jackdaw consequence
A semi-layman churchman, he would ape,
And tire his clients as he tied his tape—
So while the time-book scores a double fee
His victim’s tortures with strange poetry,
In dogg’rel couplets;—vile tractarian stuff

Ill patient’s stomach belches, quantum suff,
Cogs from old tomes, and dishes up a treat
From musty shelves and artistes obsolete.———

Discovery follows, tho’ secure you seem,
Your prosy tracts with plagiarism teem
And what you stole from German Poets dream

Unrivalled poetaster ’tis but meet,
You strive with H H, Sydney’s Laureate,
Equal in poesy or ideal mind
Another Beaumont would a Fletcher find——
Lie in thy throat, malicious ugly knave
Thy tongue be blistered, ere it foul the brave,
Nor privilege of age, that coward cry
Slur o’er thy slanders with impunity.
Free as my will, my power, ere this had bled,
The wretch who dared calumniate the dead———

The cannon thunders, here be known to all,
Fall of Ballaarat and Sebastopol
Tho twofold tale tho bulletins unfold,
And Nickel here invades tho Land of Gold——
While England’s Armies wade in blood of foes,
They spill her own at the Antipodes———
This ruthless sortie terror caused, ’tis plain;
And Glencoe’s massacre’s rehearsed again———
Successful skirmish on La Plata’s Bank
Cannot bring brains as easily as rank,
Victoria’s Viceroy’s brains it seems are bare
As the strange strategy that’s fostered there,
May this poor policy not prove our loss,
Nor proud St. George sink ’neath the Starry cross

Of various changes men must undergo
See Crœsus’ now, but paupers while ago
Ask not, how they amassed their mighty wealth,
Not easy solved, nor clean the bill of health,
Full many a Dives on the bleak North Shore
Has raised his mansion and his ample store
That Blocksome couple (sunk the lodging house)

Now boasts Murœenæ Stragbourg pies and grouse,
And hang their tiny son in golden chains
Each link more weighty than the trio’s brains——

I’ve placed the donkeys—Devil take the ruck—
If they’re self satisfied, the more the luck
Those not yet posted, maybe bide their time
For harsher stricture in more pungent rhyme——
As for the Macs, be they Mac-adamised
As old in fancy as their hills so prized,
Beauty as lavish in their mind as form
Of equal temper, or in calm or storm,
Doomed for an age to gulp sour Camden wine
To gnaw the juiceless fibrine of lean kine,
From arid food, aridity of brain
Proves here predominant the curse of Cain—
Acid and broaxy have their pockets lined
While Times and progress are left far behind,
To ration rum they owe their happiest years
And fleece but followed on their grandsire’s shears
Obeyed the proverb “made house book and child”
I could descant, my muse cries “Draw it mild”——

The nondescripts the heterogeneous fry
The fabled Bunyips man can’t classify——
Were I to castigate each Justice hod,
I’d need the aid of Usher of black rod——
Misnomer Equity, Insolvents bleed
For stale statistics I refer to Reid,——
(Him of long stature and more lengthy head
As good at politics as cards’ its said
If you’d cull gleanings from his tale of tubs
Peer in at Perriers, reigning kings of clubs,
Polemics or picquet which ere he try
’Tis five to four he gains the victory.)
Who could a tale unfold of pounds and pence
Of nepotism, past and present tense———
The Council prints the trash for ‘Privy’ sake
That all, who run, may read, no “Reeds mistake”——

Unstable mill-fords mere dammed clods of clay
Yield to the tide, and leave the Deil to pay
At Rome as Roman; do in Botany Bay———

Or search for authors thro’ the learned clan
Refer with pride to plodding Brallaghan
Whose skill made index for the old Gazettes
(I wish he’d tell us those who paid their debts)
Australia’s volume in appropriate calf
Upset all gravity; as dustman’s laugh
The Crystal Palace shook; Britannia gains,
And copper medal pays him for his pains——

We’ve demi some flunkey Monday’s book
Well known as Friday on the route he took
For ever acting the man Friday’s part,
To Crusoe Charlie, or in Deass cart——
Whole tiresome pages with the burthen team
Of what he is, and what he might have been,
Warms o’er his “Punch,” to that delightfull state
When cozy gossips can deliberate,
Espies a “gent” in Stockmans “tidy feet”
Flea cracker, bug destroyer to the suite——

Vile egotism and wolf’s appetite
Appear this witlings acme of delight
How would he batten on thy salads Wright?

My coachman, footman, valet, and my groom,
My butcher, baker, farrier,
each of whom
Courts his fair sweetheart in the maiden’s room,——
My Surgeon, daily asks “my wife” what ails her
Monopolized each trade but undertaker——
Shall he thus daub each “pretty wife,” indeed
Whom hospitality presents a feed?——
Beware how rinkled rakes rakes approach your gate
Your maids and daughters to enumerate,
(What matters marriage? in this land ’tis known
The married rake walks o’er the course alone)
To glean a lying yarn from serving men
To pilfer halfpence with their paltry pen,
Which, but proclaims the want of whip at schoul

Misquotes from Syntax—votes their host a fool—
Will any tell, cui bono, is the grade,
Of Majors General, Majors of Brigade,
Of tottering staff whose peaceful pockets fill,
Where all are officers and soldiers nil,
Whose only care’s sufficiency of “ale,”
And strive to prove their wives marsupial———
From Horse Guards patronage our shores defend’
We’ll pay the Forces; but old crones forefend.

Pray who is “Eldershaw,” where flown, where came

I knew a dark brown mare with just that name
Brands 8 on shoulder, 0 beneath the mane
A good one too, she was, perhaps the same
Sprung from ‘Houghnhums,’ known in equine fame

For ‘Yahoos loiter o’er her burnt demesne;——
If not a horse; one thing is clear as glass

These dry rot leaves are leavings of an Ass
Mid muffs like these Sam Raymond has a chance,
Long latent genius shall at last advance,
Burst from the shadows where it lay entranced
Like angel visits ’t will be more enhanced—
Dubious and dusty dormant MSS,
Escaped the mangle for the printing press,
If I don’t err, old bricks, said diary know
In Eastcheap, Poultry, Paternoster-row
Save Bannister or Baron Field ’tis clear
Brought o’er the rubbish just to shoot it here——
In bygone days, great nunquam dormiens “Bell”
Fired off this squib, which hit extremely well
As point blank range suits now as well then,
God save the mark, why let it off again
“The Gazette of St. Francisco offers dollars thousands five
For the head of Peter Raymond who it seems is ell alive
Happy, happy San Francisco, better far than Sydney
Where you cannot find a Raymond with a head worth

In which opinion I can’t quite concur
No, wisest mortals are least apt to err
Yet, for that head, should my desires incline
In bran new tile, I’d offer four-and-nine.—

Mid such a motley mass of parvenus,
The scourges puzzled where the last lash to use—
Legion, the name of this besotted race
May Charon waft each to his proper place,—
The learned Magnates of the City Bench
Who live on crime, in atmosphere of stench
As Dowlan Leary—shall I call the main?
By Jove ’tis Nick—don’t envy them their gain.
The dirtiest office finds a ready mob
And nightman’s wages,’ fall to nightman’s job,
Poor Dowlan’s honest (rather apt to pry)
Can’t say the same of his fraternity
From childhood plodded on till now, to cry
I’m paid for work and not ability
That midday meal vexated health requires
It is my dinner, and saves kitchen fires.[6]
The sword of Gideon flames in wild career
The great Dundas Tactician Volunteer
The gawky Scot and Diggins Chronicler.
If such recruits as this, stiff Brown, can drill,
He well deserves a testimonial
Of solid gold:—not gilding of the pen
If louts, like these, ere move like gentlemen—.

The Hero see of Constitution Hill
Whose head grows lighter as his pockets fill,
(Bold lucky private who secured the boy
An idiot playing with unloaded toy)——
A grateful sovereign raised him from the ranks
Place and promotion testify her thanks
See now he stalks with consequential force,
Learned too to ride!——a beggar on a horse,

Reads, writes, and speaks with equal ease and grace
King or Kings’ minion’s cannot change his face.——
Here schroffs and sheriffs follow on the scent
From mongrel cur, to hound of high descent
Old gossips prate how one Alexis loved
How Ganymede a Corydon had proved.——
See Limerick Chronicle for purest blood
Of ketch providers downward from the flood,
Linked to the hectic hoydens that adorn
The ill stocked Hareems of our Golden Horn——
’Tis here they sell the whitewashed milk
In ample measure a lá Jilk
No cove can here the landlord bilk
Of Garryowen na gloria———

Here slopman Argrave lays down faultless law
Where gold must be, where nature made a flaw,
With “strata dipping upwards," and such like
With “quartz conglomerate,” and “downwards strike
With “axis clinical” and “modern schist
He petrifies the wide mouthed mob who list——
Midst combat seeking knights of present day,
Not dub him one?—he’d shine as well as they;
With beggar’s box as full as it can hold
He’ll give a tournament on “Clotte of Gold”——
On such ignoble heels to buckle spurs
Were jest at chivalry, a joust for curs,
Whose deadly vengeance, but to snarl and bite
Since Courts and cowards put an end to fight.—
Here Knights abound, our Baronet has gone
And one live Lord roams through the land alone,
An isolated instance o’er the main,
A genuine Peer, a peerless gentleman————

Commissioners throng of high and low degree
Of Courts, of Land, of Sandhills and Coogee,——
And last and least that gold bedizened Crew
All useless ciphers; pity ’tis ’tis true
As bare of brains as headless turkey cock

That stills struts on, with head left on the block
Which rare conceit’s from Sterne’s not Sale’s Koran
I cannot find it, but perhaps you can.——
See this dull lout, that lengthy gawky boy,
Just cast their quills, and bought a sharper toy,—
Not long endured this idle bullying clique
Who grind the digger, for the fee, they keep,
Who, while he toils in sun (oft vain his task),
Loll in their tents or pierce the forfeit cask——
Much could I tell to prove the tribe’s disgrace
But spare my strictures for another place———

The City Coms. have barely yet had time
To flush the sewers or calculate the fine
So versatile in talent are the three
The hydraheads of this directory——
Generous to wink at City rates unpaid
Or smirk approval of a fire brigade
See universal genius of a Ray,
Isaiah, can paraphrase, or pave the way
While steady Darewell holds the proper cue
So miss the stroke or make it, entre nous,
And Lordly Elliott holds his nose so high,
You’d think his function was ol-factory
But that nice snuggery is obsolete, and Stubbs’
Rules, sole incumbent of nocturnal tubs.——

Quibbler’s, impostors, pedlars are the rest
Of history doubtful, arrant knaves at best,
At least the most of them, as from the Hell
Emerge you see them, flushed with wine, pellmell—
All Bent-street savours of stale ale, cigars,
Those laugh who win, the losers curse their stars
And that star chamber that thus took them in
Where policy excluded gentlemen——
Gaunt glutton, Dobby’s nod o’er acrid wine
By chance ne’er absent were a chance to dine.
Nod, did I say, you’ll ne’er catch Dobby napping
At any table but at table rapping,

For like the Ortolan, ’tis but when fed
A ray of light descends upon his head——

Methinks this donkey of the long eared kind
From Balaam’s rod a raedy tongue would find
And bray betray his poverty of mind———

Here statesmen stimulate ‘bedad’ such ‘gab’
And Morerice moves, infected with the scab
His fleecy clients sound in wind and limb
The fatal murrain seems to stick to him.
Inflex pecus! slaves to Bent-st., gents,
Worthy the man of his constituents——
Miasma jests of vapid marsh abound
As course hilarity and lush goes round
Should slightest scintillation sparkle,—thus
’Tis noxious vapour, ignis fatuus
While frequent pops of gooseberry champagne,
Proclaim unknown the liquor law of Mayne:
Who takes example from wet former Day
So never soaks, except when others pay——
While Gammay’s gammon proves him thoro’ game,
And points his pedigree from noble name.——
With arm on aide de camp (if held his tongue)
A passing puppet mid the motley throng.———

Etruria flourished on another plan,
And lying motto proves, no prophet, man,
Did this fair town, as Sodom’s fate, depend
On five true men, to-day would be her end——
The warning TEKEL, cautions, ere too late
For clouds and darkness hover o’er her fate,
So serpents cast your skins, from slime emerge
Ere H. H. mourn you in immortal dirge—

Illusive as of yore strange tales it seems
The old see visions, and the young dream dreams—
Such were my waking visions; dreamings too,
Pass as they will, I pars them on to you,
Convinced each viper with envenomed tooth
Will feel, he, bites a file, who turns on truth.——

With this I’ll finish, ’ere of mopish mood
Show snarling tooth and I’ll again intrude,
At any time or place, with hand or pen
Dare to the Lists each petty myrmidon.
Full many a fling, rubs rougher wait you yet
This but the Alpha, of my Alphabet——
Archilachuss will lend his prurient pen
When next I note such sapient gentlemen,——
The mirrior now reflects direct the face
Oblique the angle, how it sweeps o’er space
The ray now strikes direct:—but he appriz’d,
It won’t be healthy when ’tis polariz’d——

Much I foresee, predict for happier times
When minstrels lay carol in merrier rhymes,
When vicious truckling be a past disgrace,
Submerged in Lethe,—springs a gen’rous race
Who scon with sorrow and deep blushing frown,
That, said of Sydney as of Roman town,
This fearful truth,—(’twill end my tale the faster)
“Neo vir fortis”———“nec——fæmino casta”——[7]

  1. Apples of Sodom fair outside, dirt to the core.
  2. Those who remember the figures of Gog and Magog in Guildhall, London, will at once acknowledge the striking resemblance in feature and intellect.
  3. The terms “step in the right direction” “crying evil” and “besetting sin” form a constant, wherewith to calculate a Leader for the Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. It is a fact that even in the dialact of the best Sydney society certain admixture of slang is necessary to be understood.
  5. I leave to the Antiquary to decipher the ancient badge of the Pilgrim Fathers of N.S.W. An arrow head with the letters P B over B O under.
  6. The grave and deliberate Seigniors debated for 6 hours, whether parr Dowlan should have an hour at midday to devour his bread and chop.—The £100 for cabbage was negatived.—
  7. Robur et ces triplex for the Sydney University Man sending the best tranlations to tho S. M. Herald.