The Old Pony's Christmas
by Mary Hannay Foott (1846-1918)
The misspelled words and italicized words in the poem are just the way the story appeared in The Queenslander on Saturday 17 December 1887. Mary Hannay Foott was a contributor to many Australian newspapers. The Queenslander was the literary edition of the Brisbane Courier (now The Courier-Mail). The weekly literary summary was published in Brisbane, Queensland from 3 February 1866 to 22 February 1939.
This lovely Christmas story is told from the point of view of the old pony.
Just look where they've put me! There's grass to the knee —
Last night Frank (my old master) rode down on Kildare;
My little new master came early to-day;
He came in the buggy, my mistress as well —
My old Frank (now 'papa') drove them down with the bays
'I gwew it mythelf, old gway Dolo, for you,'
Then he peeped in 'my stocking,' and soon dragged to light
About the Author
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