Let him who is minded to meet with a Glug
Pluck three hardy hairs from a rabbit-skin rug;
Blow one to the South, and one to the West,
Then burn another and swallow the rest.
And who shall explain 'tis the talk of a fool,
He's a Glug! He's a Glug of the old Gosh school!
And he'll climb a tree, if the East wind blows,
In a casual way, just to show he knows . . .
Now, tickle his toes!
Oh, tickle his toes!
And don't blame me if you come to blows.
- OLD GOSH RHYME
From the Angus & Robertson hardback edition, 1980.
Four of the chapters of this book were previously published in The Bulletin as follows:
|I. ||THE GLUG QUEST||22 February 1917|
|II. ||JOI, THE GLUG||3 June 1915|
|III. ||THE STONES OF GOSH||8 July 1915|
|IV. ||SYM, THE SON OF JOI||First publication in this volume|
|V. ||THE GROWTH OF SYM||First publication in this volume|
|VI. ||THE END OF JOI||First publication in this volume|
|VII. ||THE SWANKS OF GOSH||4 November 1915|
|VIII.||THE SEER||First publication in this volume|
|IX. ||THE RHYMES OF SYM||First publication in this volume|
|X. ||THE DEBATE||First publication in this volume|
|XI. ||OGS||First publication in this volume|
|XII. ||EMILY ANN||First publication in this volume|
|XIII.||THE LITTLE RED DOG||First publication in this volume|
When a link is shown above to a particular chapter this implies that the original publication differs substantially from
the book form.
There is a rumour, that I need to substantiate, that Norman Lindsay hated this book. When he received a review copy he is
supposed to have nailed it to his front gate to scare off intruders. In addition, it appears that James Joyce may have read
the book prior to writing Finnegans Wake. This website
lists possible Australian and New Zealand references in the work, which include this collection of Dennis's.
Dennis used the Glugs in another pointed satire titled
"The Griefs of Ancient
Gosh", published in November 1935 in the Herald newspaper.