AT THE SUMMER COTTAGE (from Perth Expositor, 1909)
Father's in the woodshed cleaning forty fish;
Mother's in the kitchen washing every dish;
Sister's upstairs making every bed we own;
The company is on the porch with the gramophone.
Father does the rowing; brother does the chores;
Mother does the baking; sister sweeps the floors,
Everybody's working here at Idlenook,
Except the company and that sits down and reads a book.