How many miles to Lilydale? By Stephen Grey


How many miles to Lilydale?

O, wise old walking man:

With your brown, brown face and tired eyes,

And your stick and billy-can.


How many miles to Lilydale?

‘Tis many miles away;

Too many miles for little feet

To travel in one day.


How many miles to Anywhere?

O, tell me if you can.

The road is long and the hills are far,

Said the wise old walking man.


Take me away to Anywhere,

O,wise old walking man.

But he shook his head as he walked away

With his stick and billy-can.


Source:  Beetle Soup: Australian Stories and Poems for Children compiled by Robin Morrow (Scholastic Australia, 1996)


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