The Poetry Corner

A National Song For Australia Felix

By Banjo Paterson (Andrew Barton)

Dark over the face of Nature sublime! Reignd tyranny, warfare, and every crime; The world a desertno oasis green A man-loving soul on its surface had seen; Then mercy above a mandate sent forth An Eden to forma refuge for worth. From the ocean it came, with halo so bright, Want, strife, and oppression were lost in its sight. Chorus First isle of the seabrightest gem of the earth In thee every virtue and joy shall have birth. A land of the just, the brave, and the free, Australia the happy, thou ever shalt be. So earth in the flood no place for rest gave, At length a green isle arose from the wave; The dove oer the waters the olive branch bore, To show that one spot was coverd no more; Australia thus shall be sounded by fame, And Europe shall echo the glorious name; The brave, wise, and good, wherever oppressd, Shall fly to thy shores as a haven of rest. Chorus: First isle of the sea, &c. Land of the orange, fig, olive, and vine; Midst earths fairest daughters the chaplet is thine; No sickning vapours are borne on thy air, But fragrance and melody twine sweetly there; Thy ever-green fields proclaim plenty and peace, If man doth his part, heaven sends the increase; No customs to fetter, no enemy near, Independence thy sons for ever must cheer. Chorus: First isle of the sea, &c.