A Love Song

Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis 1876 (Auburn) – 1938 (Melbourne)

O! Hernia! My hernia.
'Twas here we parted dear
A parting that for four long weeks
Held me in sickness here.

But three short hours I knew you, love
Well I remember yet
I left a tram in Collins street
And suddenly, we met.

No mortal could have parted us
While reason held its sway
They drugged me, Gentle Hernia
And carried you away.

And then I knew my Hernia
Where ere what ere you are
Our parting at Coonara Street
Has left me with a scar.

A scar that I shall bear thro life
A memory of you.
And Hernia! O Hernia,
My bank-book has one too.

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Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis

Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis, better known as C. J. Dennis, was an Australian poet known for his humorous poems, especially "The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke", published in the early 20th century. Though Dennis's work is less well known today, his 1915 publication of The Sentimental Bloke sold 65,000 copies in its first year, and by 1917 he was the most prosperous poet in Australian history. Together with Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson, both of whom he had collaborated with, he is often considered among Australia's three most famous poets. While attributed to Lawson by 1911, Dennis later claimed he himself was the 'laureate of the larrikin'. When he died at the age of 61, the Prime Minister of Australia Joseph Lyons suggested he was destined to be remembered as the 'Australian Robert Burns'. more…

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