Too Old to Rat [poem by Henry Lawson, 3 April 1913]

[Editor: A poem by Henry Lawson, written in support of the trade union movement. Published in The Worker (Wagga Wagga, NSW), 3 April 1913.] Too Old to Rat. I don’t care if the cause be wrong, Or if the cause be right — I’ve had my day and sung my song And fought the bitter […]

A War Song [by Caleb, 22 October 1892]

[Editor: This pro-union song was published in The Worker (Brisbane, Qld.), 22 October 1892.] A War Song. Rise! Australian sons of Labour, Hearken to the bugle’s bray, Buckle on your shield and sabre, Gird you for the fray. Burst the Tyrant’s chains asunder Which for ages you have worn; Fear not the oppressor’s thunder. Hail […]

The Australian Empire [poem by Marcus Clarke, 2 May 1876]

[Editor: A poem by Marcus Clarke. Published in The Narracoorte Herald, 2 May 1876. Previously published in The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 22 April 1876.] The Australian Empire. The subjoined address, which was composed by Mr. Marcus Clark, was delivered at the Theatre Royal, Melbourne, in connection with the eight hours’ celebration, on the evening of […]

The Keening [poem by Marie E. J. Pitt]

[Editor: This poem by Marie E. J. Pitt was published in The Horses of the Hills and Other Verses (1911).] The Keening. We are the women and children Of the men that mined for gold: Heavy are we with sorrow, Heavy as heart can hold; Galled are we with injustice, Sick to the soul of […]

Reveille [poem by Marie E. J. Pitt]

[Editor: This poem by Marie E. J. Pitt was published in The Horses of the Hills and Other Verses (1911).] Reveille. Up! comrades, up! the night has flown, The dawn breaks dim and grey! The bugle-call of strife has blown! Arm! arm you for the fray! O’er hills which man’s injustice smote, The People’s hymn […]