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There came an old man down the road, And, O, he whistled fine

 

 

Whistling Men

 

by Mary Gilmore (1865-1962)

 

Australian writer

 

There came an old man down the road,

And, O, he whistled fine,

He brought a tune from out the wind –
A wind as cold as brine;
He took the pain from out the world,
And saved this heart of mine.

 

And down the stairway by my door,
Two days ago I heard
A whistling boy come hopping by
As if he were a bird;
I felt as though I were a leaf
A happy air had stirred.

 

God gave the whistling mouth to man
That he old griefs might drive
Back to the dens from which they came.
And keep his soul alive.
A whistling man makes life as sweet
As honey in a hive.

 

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Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. - 1909 - 1954), Monday 20 June 1949,

 

Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 – 1954), Monday 20 June 1949,