The Poetry Corner

The Ballad Of M. T. Nutt And His Dog

By Banjo Paterson (Andrew Barton)

The Honourable M. T. Nutt About the bush did jog. Till, passing by a settler's hut, He stopped and bought a dog. Then started homewards full of hope, Alas, that hopes should fail! The dog pulled back and took the rope Beneath the horse's tail. The Horse remarked, "I would be soft Such liberties to stand!" "Oh dog," he said, "Go up aloft, Young man, go on the land!"