Our Country [poem, by M. W., 27 October 1883]

[Editor: A poem published in The Illustrated Sydney News, 27 October 1883.] Our Country. You may sing of English homesteads, With their fields of golden corn, Or the hedge of pearly hawthorn In the dewy summer morn! You may boast the calm sweet beauty Of the old home o’er the sea, But, give me the […]

Advance, Australia [song by Walker and McBurney, circa 1883]

[Editor: A patriotic song; words written by J. Eccleston Walker, music composed by Samuel D. McBurney. Published in The Empire Songster (1900).] Advance, Australia. (By permission of Dr. McBurney, Melbourne) J. Eccleston Walker S.D. McBurney, Mus. D. Rise, Australians, mark your day, Seize the Standard, bear the sway; Drive the clouds of sloth away, And […]

Words [poem by Charles Harpur]

[Editor: A poem by Charles Harpur.] Words Words are deeds. The words we hear May revolutionize or rear A mighty state. The words we read May be a spiritual deed Excelling any fleshly one, As much as the celestial sun Transcends a bonfire, made to throw A light upon some raree-show. A simple proverb tagged […]