ARE YOU THE COVE? by Joseph Furphy
"Are you the Cove?" he spoke the word
As swagmen only can;
The Squatter freezingly inquired,
"What do you mean, my man?"
"Are you the Cove?" his voice was stern,
His look was firm and keen;
Again the Squatter made reply,
"I don't know what you mean."
"O! dash my rags! let's have some sense --
You ain't a fool, by Jove,
Gammon you dunno what I mean;
I mean -- are you the Cove?"
"Yes, I'm the Cove," the Squatter said;
The Swagman answered, "Right,
I thought as much: show me some place
Where I can doss tonight."