Teach ’Em To Shoot [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 1926]

[Editor: This poem by “Dryblower” Murphy was published in Dryblower’s Verses (1926).] Teach ’Em To Shoot. When you’ve done with your frivol and fooling, Your parlor diversions and games; When your stripling has come from his schooling, Swell-headed with figures and names. Before he’s enrolled ’neath the banner Of calling, profession or trade, Before he’s […]

Fighting in France [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 1926]

[Editor: This poem by “Dryblower” Murphy was published in Dryblower’s Verses (1926).] Fighting in France. Perth daily paper ad.:— “Will some kind person adopt a motherless baby girl? Father killed in France?” Are you list’ning, O, Heavyheart, childless and lone? Are you reading this message aright? Is your soul of souls touched by its pitiful […]

Australia Federata [poem by James Lister Cuthbertson, 10 August 1889]

[Editor: A poem by James Lister Cuthbertson. Published in The Australasian, 10 August 1889.] Australia Federata. Dedicated to Brunton Stephens. Australia — land of lonely lake And serpent-haunted fen, Load of the torrent and the fire Of forest-sundered men — Thou art not yet as thou shalt be When the false invaders come, In the […]

Lines on the Discovery of Gold in Australia [poem, 5 January 1852]

[Editor: A poem published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 January 1852.] Lines on the Discovery of Gold in Australia. By E. S. Land of Australia! once despised, And shunn’d by men of moral worth, Who shudder’d if thy children dared To tread upon their chaster earth Sons of Australia! ye may raise The eyes […]

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

[Editor: A poem by Percy Russell, an English author. This work has been included in several anthologies of poetry. The earliest known appearance of this verse was in 1885.] 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 […]