Australia, or Heart to Heart and Hand to Hand [song, 1890s]

[Editor: A patriotic song, written by the Rev. Thomas Hilhouse Taylor (1861-1925). Words taken from the sheet music (published circa 1890-1899). The chorus was later incorporated into the Australian cricket team’s victory song, “Under the Southern Cross I Stand”.]

Sung with enormous success at the Theatre Royal, Sydney, Theatre Royal, Melbourne, Opera House, Brisbane and Theatre Royal, Adelaide, and all the Principal Music Halls throughout the Colonies and universally acknowledged to be the National Song of Australia.

Australia

or

Heart to Heart and Hand to Hand

By

Toso Taylor

(Author of “Euchred “Fairy,” “United Australia” etc etc, and part author of the Pantomimes Aladdin & Sinbad the Sailor, as performed at the Theatre Royal, Sydney.)

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Publishers W.D. Johnstone and Co. Strand and Oxford Street Sydney

Australia

Composed by Toso Taylor.

May hearts firm and steady and loyal and ready
May men who are faithful and true!
Forever be found,
To gather around,
The Cause of the Red, White and Blue!

Our fathers fought the foe,
For England long ago;
Like them home for honour, we would gladly fight and fall!
We love old England well,
But still the truth to tell,
We love the bright and sunny South, the best of all!

Chorus
For Heart to Heart and Hand to Hand,
Beneath the Southern Cross we stand
And shout “God bless our Native land”
Australia! Australia! a!

We care not for Russians,
For French or for Prussians;
So let all invaders beware,
We know how to fight
For Home and for Right;
So let them come on, if they dare.

From station, mine and town,
We’ll soon come pouring down;
The bush-men and the diggers will the mighty army swell
And ev’ry boy and man
Will do the best he can
To save the bright and sunny South, he loves so well

Chorus
For Heart to Heart and Hand to Hand,
Beneath the Southern Cross we stand
And shout “God bless our Native land”
Australia! Australia! a!



Source:
Australia or Heart to Heart and Hand to Hand [sheet music], Sydney: W.D. Johnstone and Co. [1890s?]

References:
Rev. T. H. Taylor, Playwright: A National Drama”, Windsor and Richmond Gazette (Windsor, NSW), Saturday 22 February 1913, page 12
Rev. T. Hilhouse Taylor”, Windsor and Richmond Gazette (Windsor, NSW), Friday 4 December 1925, page 12
Albert’s new sixpenny pops” [advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, NSW), Saturday 25 July 1908, page 2
New music” [advertisement], The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW), Wednesday 12 August 1908, page 2
Late Rev. T. Hilhouse Taylor”, The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, NSW), Thursday 26 November 1925, page 10
The Rev. T. Hilhouse-Taylor”, The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, NSW), Thursday 26 November 1925, page 10
Taylor, T. Hilhouse”, AustLit (accessed 21 November 2012)

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