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The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1934



On the old clay patch at Kelburn
Looking eastward to the sea,
There's a tennis court wants fixing,
And it's there you ought to be;
For the Councils got no money,
So it's thus we pay our way—
Can't you hear old Dixon calling,
"Come and graft on Saturday!"


On the Salamanca road,
While the dray tips up its load,
Can't you hear the shovels scraping
And the swung pickaxes play?
On the Salamanca road,
Where hard labour's à la mode,
You can see the navvies doing time
On every Saturday.

So whether you re Arts or Science,
Or a gentleman at large;
Whether lank or lean or sturdy,
We wont give you in charge,
So long as you raise a blister,
So long as you earn your salt,
On the old clay patch at Kelburn.
Till the whistle goes for "Halt!"


1906. "The Old Clay Patch," 1920.