C J Dennis - excerpt from The Sentimental Bloke HT Perry Middlemiss Image of two-up kip and pennies - Royal Australian Mint . "Ow are yeh on a little gamble, Kid?" sez Ginger Mick. "Lars' night I'm on four quid. Come 'round an' try yer luck at Steeny's school. "No," sez me conscience. Then I thinks, 'Why not? An buy 'er presents if I wins a pot? A blazin' fool I wus. Fer 'arf a mo' I 'as a fight; Then conscience skies the wipe ... Sez I "Orright." .... Ten minutes later I was back once more, Kip in me 'and, on Steeny Isaac's floor. Me luck was in an' I wus 'eadin good. Yes, back agen amongst the same old crew! An' orl the time down in me 'eart I knew I never should. ... Nex' thing I knows it's after two o'clock - - Two in the morning! An' I've done me block! "Wot odds?" I thinks. "I'm in fer it orright." An' so I stops an' gambles orl the night; An' bribes me conscience wiv the gilt I wins. But when I comes out in the cold, 'ard dawn I know I've crooled me pitch; me soul's in pawn. My flamin' sins they 'its me in a 'eap right where I live; Fer I 'ave broke the solim vow I give. Rules of the game courtesy of The Australian War Memorial site and their source M G Houston.
Sixty years ago, The Mail (Adelaide) printed a few, somewhat different, valentine verses of in cartoon form. Here’s one example:
Another verse in the same set of cartoons, if you can manage it ….. from a ‘country boy’
Dear Sarah, be my Valentine
I’ll share my wealth if you’ll be mine.
And in your beaut new satin blouse
Oh you’d look bonzer* milking cows.
* Bonzer– excellent.
On 9 February 1938, The Queenslander published two Modern Valentines by “Den”, a somewhat more experienced poet. “Den” was C J Dennis (1876-1938) who gave Australia The Sentimental Bloke. How could you resist? “Will you, old turnip, be my Valentine?” You will see that her response was equally amusing – “I’ve had you tabbed for ages” and “Why all the drivel?” Happy Valentine’s Day.