: A Book For Kids

As I rode in to Burrumbeet,

I met a man with funny feet;

And, when I paused to ask him why

His feet were strange, he rolled his eye

And said the rain would spoil the wheat;

So I rode on to Burrumbeet.

As I rode in to Beetaloo,

I met a man whose nose was blue;

And when I asked him how he got

A nose like that, he answered, "What

Do bullocks mean when they
ay 'Moo'?"

So I rode on to Beetaloo.

As I rode in to Ballarat,

I met a man who wore no hat;

And, when I said he might take cold,

He cried, "The hills are quite as old

As yonder plains, but not so flat."

So I rode on to Ballarat.

As I rode in to Gundagai,

I met a man and passed him by

Without a nod, without a word.

He turned, and said he'd never heard

Or seen a man so wise as I.

But I rode on to Gundagai.

As I rode homeward, full of doubt,

I met a stranger riding out:

A foolish man he seemed to me;

But, "Nay, I am yourself," said he,

"Just as you were when you rode out."

So I rode homeward, free of doubt.