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An Adventure With Morgan (1854)

Pull up, mates; lot us camp by this cool stream,
The grass seems good and our prads are hungry now.
We have ridden far and wide since the first bright sunlight's gleam
Shone this morning on Ben Lomond's lofty brow.

And while we are resting here I a tale to you will tell
Of an adventure with a robber on the bland.
Twas with Morgan, the bushranger, yes, I remember well,
Who met me and commanded me to stand.

"Pull up," he cried, "for I must have your horse,
He looks compact and fit, and I have far to go;
I'm Morgan, the bushranger, you have heard of me of course
As a cruel, heartless murderer, I know."

"'Tis hard." I said, "To take my horse from me,
He's carried me through many a day of strife;
You are welcome to my purse, Morgan, but spare me Cap-e-pie,
The truest, friend I've had in all my life.

"Dismount," he cried, in loud, commanding tones,
"I'll take your horse and purse and saddle, too, as well;
Resist and by my father's ghost the crows will pick your bones,
While I ride your favourite charger on to hell."

Then we heard a sound, 'twas brumbies passing by;
He looked surprised and partly turned his head,
When I passed him like a Lightning flash and heard his angry cry
With sharp report, crack ! crack ! and whizzed the hissing lead.

Now I grasped my reins; a fence was in the way,
A six wired fence, and stoutly built and new;
But Cap-a-pie made no mistake, brave horse ! without delay
He rose and cleared it fair as on his course he flew.

And bounding forward like a startled deer,
With Morgan's pistols cracking close behind,
The wire fence baulked the robber's horse,
And wild oaths reached my ear as he yelled his angry curses to the wind.

We escaped unhurt, my good horse and I,
Nor parted since nor parted ever shall be
While there's life within those iron nerves and fearless fiery eye
And stout staunch heart, that never flags, of matchless Cap-a-pie.


From the NSW Newpaper the Kiama Independent, and Shoalhaven Advertiser 20 Sep 1894 p. 4.


australian traditional songs . . . a selection by mark gregory