I left the course, and by my side
There walked a ruined tout —
A hungry creature evil-eyed,
Who poured this story out.
‘You see,’ he said, ‘there came a swell
‘To Kensington to-day,
‘And if I picked the winners well,
‘A crown at least he'd pay.
‘I picked three winners straight, I did,
‘I filled his purse with pelf,
‘And then he gave me half-a-quid,
‘To back one for myself.
‘A half-a-quid to me he cast,
‘I wanted it indeed.
‘So help me Bob, for two days past
‘I haven't had a feed.
‘But still I thought my luck was in,
‘I couldn't go astray,
‘I put it all on Little Min,
‘And lost it straightaway.
‘I haven't got a bite or bed,
‘I'm absolutely stuck,
‘So keep this lesson in your head:
‘Don't over-trust your luck!’
The folks went homeward, near and far,
The tout, Oh! where was he?
Ask where the empty boilers are,
Beside the Circular Quay.