Australians! Rise & Federate [song, 15 November 1895]

Australians! Rise & Federate.

Australians, rise ! Why longer wait
While parliaments prolong debate
On themes that new dissensions breed?
Arrest this paltry, party strife
That bars us from the larger life,
And panders to provincial greed.
Australians, rise ! No longer wait.
Unfurl the Flag and Federate.

From shore to shore resound the cry,
“Sweep, sweep the cobweb barriers by,
And let us one strong nation be.”
Before the eyes of all the world
The Union Flag must be unfurled,
That we may claim our destiny.
Australians, rise ! No longer wait.
Unfurl the Flag and Federate.

There is no land beneath the sun
That stalwart pioneers have won
With Nature’s gifts more rich and free,
No land with men of sturdier race,
Destined to win a worthier place
In the world’s future history.
Australians, rise! No longer wait.
Unfurl the Flag and Federate.

Then let us rise; add strength to strength,
Join hand in hand throughout the length
Of this new land of liberty.
Become a people strong and great,
A well-ruled, world-respected state,
Whose power shall be the guarantee
Of universal amity.
Australians, rise ! No longer wait.
Unfurl the Flag and Federate.

Henry F. Rix, Commonwealth, Sydney.



Source:
The Euroa Advertiser (Euroa, Vic.), Friday 15 November 1895, page 3

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