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Can you name the missing words to Clancy of the Overflow by Banjo Paterson, Australia's unofficial national poet?

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I had written him a letter which I had, for want of ______
Knowledge, sent to where I met him down the Lachlan, years ago,
He was shearing when I knew him, so I sent the letter ______,
Just on spec, addressed as follows, “Clancy, of The ________'.

And an answer came directed in a writing __________,
(And I think the same was written with a thumb-nail dipped in tar)
’Twas his shearing mate who wrote it, and verbatim I will ________:
“Clancy’s gone to Queensland droving, and we don’t know where he ___.'

In my wild erratic fancy visions come to me of ______
Gone a-droving “down the Cooper” where the Western drovers go;
As the stock are slowly stringing, Clancy rides behind them _______,
For the drover’s life has pleasures that the townsfolk never ____.

And the bush hath friends to meet him, and their kindly voices _________
In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains ________,
And at night the wond’rous glory of the everlasting _____.
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I am sitting in my dingy little office, where a ______
Ray of sunlight struggles feebly down between the houses tall,
And the foetid air and gritty of the dusty, dirty ____
Through the open window floating, spreads its foulness over ___.

And in place of lowing cattle, I can hear the fiendish ______
Of the tramways and the buses making hurry down the street,
And the language uninviting of the gutter children ________,
Comes fitfully and faintly through the ceaseless tramp of ____.

And the hurrying people daunt me, and their pallid faces ________
As they shoulder one another in their rush and nervous haste,
With their eager eyes and greedy, and their stunted forms and _____,
For townsfolk have no time to grow, they have no time to _____.

And I somehow rather fancy that I’d like to change with ______,
Like to take a turn at droving where the seasons come and go,
While he faced the round eternal of the cash-book and the _______—
But I doubt he’d suit the office, Clancy, of The ________.

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