Visit of Hope to Sydney-Cove, Near Botany-Bay [poem by Erasmus Darwin, 1789]

[Editor: A poem by Erasmus Darwin. Published in The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay (1789). Also published in A Century of Australian Song (1888) under the title of “A Fulfilled Prophecy”.] Visit of Hope to Sydney-Cove, Near Botany-Bay. Where Sydney Cove her lucid bosom swells, Courts her young navies, and the storm repels; […]

Solitude [poem by Sir Henry Parkes]

[Editor: A poem by Sir Henry Parkes. Published in Australian Ballads and Rhymes: Poems Inspired by Life and Scenery in Australia and New Zealand, 1888.] Solitude. Where the mocking lyre-bird calls To its mate among the falls Of the mountain streams that play, Each adown its tortuous way; When the dewy-fingered even Veils the narrowed […]

The Birth of Australia [poem by Percy Russell, 1889]

[Editor: A poem by Percy Russell, an English author, published in A Journey to Lake Taupo, 1889. This work has been included in several anthologies of poetry.] The Birth of Australia Not ’mid the thunder of the battle guns, Not on the red field of an Empire’s wrath, Rose to a nation Australasia’s sons; Who […]

The Blue Lake — Mount Gambier [poem by Agnes Neale, 1888]

[Editor: This poem by Agnes Neale was published in Australian Ballads and Rhymes (1888).] The Blue Lake — Mount Gambier. Lying asleep in the golden light Fringed with a setting of emerald green, Crowned with a majesty peerless and grand, Nature has surely made thee her queen. The clouds that gathered above in the air […]

Australia [poem by Agnes Neale, 1888]

[Editor: This poem by Agnes Neale was published in Australian Ballads and Rhymes (1888).] Australia. All the things that have been done, and all the things that are to be; All the wonders wrought on land, and all the wonders on the sea; All the victories of nations, all the triumphs of mankind; All the […]