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THE GAWLER PRIZE POEM




THE SONG OF AUSTRALIA.


By Mrs. C. J. Carleton, West-terrace.


There is a land where summer skies
Are gleaming with a thousand dyes,
Blending in witching harmonies;
And grassy knoll and forest height,
Are flushing in the rosy light,
And all above is azure bright—

Australia!


There is a land where honey flows,
Where laughing corn luxuriant grows,
Land of the myrtle and the rose;
On hill and plain the clust'ring vine
Is gushing out with purple wine,
And cups are quaffed to thee and thine—

Australia!


There is a land where treasures shine
Deep in the dark unfathom'd mine
For worshippers at Mammon's shrine;
Where gold lies hid, and rubies gleam,
And fabled wealth no more doth seem
The idle fancy of a dream—

Australia!


There is a land where homesteads peep
From sunny plain and woodland steep,
And love and joy bright vigils keep;
Where the glad voice of childish glee
Is mingling with the melody
Of nature's hidden minstrelsy—

Australia!


There is a land where, floating free,
From mountain-top to girdling sea,
A proud flag waves exultingly;
And Freedom's sons the banner bear,
No shackled slave can breathe the air,
Fairest of Britain's daughters fair—

Australia


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This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.