Native Fruit

Henry Lawson, 1910

      D'ye mind the little five corner —
      The sweetest ever found —
      The native cherry and geebung
      That grew in stoney ground?
      The manna and the wattle gum
      Where wattle shrubs take root
      You've heard of verry many things
      Have you heard of Native Fruit?

      Or native vegetables — the yams,
      The sweet, and nutty too?
      The way to live away from home
      That all Bush children knew.
      cress, boggabri, sap of stringy-bark,
      And many a leaf and root.
      And a man who knows could live on these,
      When lost — and Native Fruit.