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Thread #154639   Message #3629162
Posted By: Fergie
30-May-14 - 09:52 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Banks of the Reedy Lagoon
Subject: Origins: The Reedy Lagoon
Hi all,

For the spring in it's glory has come back again,
To the banks of the Reedy Lagoon.

Was singing this song to myself (it's a beautiful morning here in Dublin) when I came to the line that goes; "a Benedict's life to enjoy" and I thought what does that mean? I consulted my copy of The Australian Pocket Oxford Dictionary, but alas no mention of a Benedict and no explanation in Lionel Long's -Favourite Australian Bush Songs- from which I learned the song when residing in Sydney almost forty years ago. So my question is, what does "a Benedict's life to enjoy" actually mean?