Sons of Australia [poem by L. E. Homfray]

[Editor: This poem by L. E. Homfray was published in Australians, Awake! And Other Poems (1915).]

Sons of Australia.

Sons of Australia, awaken and harken!
Surely your hearts must respond to the call,
Brothers arise, in the strength of your manhood
Ready to fight for your country — or fall.

Sons of Australia! in years that are coming
When the dim future its tale shall unfold,
Which shall be yours, the reproach or the honour
When to all nations the story is told?

Sons of Australia, all shame on your manhood
If in the battle no credit is yours,
If in the hour of your country’s affliction
Heedless you turn from defending her cause.

L. E. Homfray, Australians, Awake! And Other Poems, Sydney: D. S. Ford, [1915?], page 4

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