-Are you the Cove?� he spoke the words
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."

-0! 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."