We are continuing our celebration of Australia Day by sharing from Norman Lindsay’s classic children’s book, The Magic Pudding. We’re dedicating this one to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who will probably prefer to forget today. This is Bunyip Bluegum reciting; he is, of course, addressing the Pudding thieves Possum and Wombat.
The blows you feel we do not deal
In common, vulgar thumping;
To higher motives we appeal—
It is to teach you not to steal,
Your heads we now are bumping.
You need not go on pumping
Appeals for kinder dealing,
We like to watch you jumping
We like to hear you squealing.
We rather think this thumping
Will take a bit of healing.
We hope these blows upon the nose,
These bended snouts, these tramped-on toes,
These pains that you are feeling
The truth will be revealing
How wrong is puddin’-stealing.