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Famous Australians Poems by Famous Poets

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by Lawson, Henry
...igh in the foreign hold, 

With cardboard boots for our leather, and Brum-magem goods and slops 

For thin, white-faced Australians to sell in our sordid shops....Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton us no selection 'twixt a Ford or Rolls de Royce 
So we did it in our good Australian boots. 
They called us "mad Australians"; they couldn't understand 
How officers and men could fraternise, 
Thay said that we were "reckless", we were "wild, and out of hand", 
With nothing great or sacred to our eyes. 
But on one thing you could gamble, in the thickest of the fray, 
Though they called us volunteers and raw recruits, 
You could track us past the shell holes, and th...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...r were the men who led the vanguard on;
And like such men may we be found, with leaders such as they,
In the roll-up of Australians on our darkest, grandest day!...Read More

by Nash, Ogden
...he only essential
Is living different places.
Yet such is the pride of prideful man,
From Austrians to Australians,
That wherever he is,
He regards as his,
And the natives there, as aliens.

Oh, I’ll be friends if you’ll be friends,
The foreigner tells the native,
And we’ll work together for our common ends
Like a preposition and a dative.
If our common ends seem mostly mine,
Why not, you ignorant foreigner?
And the native replies
And he...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...draws near for the sterner game, all boys should learn to shoot, 
From the beardless youth to the grim grey-beard, let Australians ne'er forget, 
A lame limb never interfered with a brave man's shooting yet. 

Over and over and over again, to you and our friends and me, 
The warning of danger has sounded plain – like the thud of a gun at sea. 
The rich man turns to his wine once more, and the gay to their worldly joys, 
The "statesman" laughs at a hint of war – but s...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...I hear quick rifle-cracks from the riflemen of East Tennessee and Kentucky, hunting on
I hear emulous shouts of Australians, pursuing the wild horse; 
I hear the Spanish dance, with castanets, in the chestnut shade, to the rebeck and guitar;

I hear continual echoes from the Thames; 
I hear fierce French liberty songs; 
I hear of the Italian boat-sculler the musical recitative of old poems;
I hear the Virginia plantation-chorus of *******, of a harvest night, in the g...Read More

by Murray, Les
worst in a boarding-house greased tub, or a barrack with competitions,
best in a stall, this enveloping passion of Australians:
tropics that sweat for you, torrent that braces with its heat,
inflames you with its chill, action sauna, inverse bidet,
sleek vertical coruscating ghost of your inner river,
reminding all your fluids, streaming off your points, awakening
the tacky soap to blossom and ripe autumn, releasing the squeezed gardens,
smoky valet smoothing your impalp...Read More

by Lawson, Henry seemed ended, and silent the distant drum, 
Ten years ago in Australia, I wrote of a war to come: 
And I pictured Australians fighting as their fathers fought of old 
For the old things, pride or country, for God or the Devil or gold. 

And they lounged on the rim of Australia in the peace that had come to last, 
And they laughed at my "cavalry charges" for such things belonged to the past; 
Then our wise men smiled with indulgence – ere the swift years proved me ri...Read More

by Jeffers, Robinson
...hould look for this place after a handful 
 of lifetimes:
Perhaps of my planted forest a few
May stand yet, dark-leaved Australians or the coast 
 cypress, haggard
With storm-drift; but fire and the axe are devils.
Look for foundations of sea-worn granite, my fingers 
 had the art
To make stone love stone, you will find some remnant.
But if you should look in your idleness after ten 
 thousand years:
It is the granite knoll on the granite
And lava tongue in the midst ...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton 

The old state jealousies of yore 
Are dead as Pharaoh's sow, 
We're not State children any more -- 
We're all Australians now! 

Our six-starred flag that used to fly 
Half-shyly to the breeze, 
Unknown where older nations ply 
Their trade on foreign seas, 

Flies out to meet the morning blue 
With Vict'ry at the prow; 
For that's the flag the Sydney flew, 
The wide seas know it now! 

The mettle that a race can show 
Is proved with shot and steel, 
And now we know ...Read More

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