The Poetry Corner

Sunny New South Wales

By Banjo Paterson (Andrew Barton)

We often hear men boast about the land which gave them birth, And each one thinks his native land the fairest spot on earth; In beauty, riches, power, no land can his surpass; To his, all other lands on earth cannot even hold a glass. Now, if other people have their boasts, then, say, why should not we, For we can drink our jovial toast and sing with three times three; For theres not a country in the world where all thats fair prevails As here it does in this our land, our sunny New South Wales. Chorus Then toast with me our happy land, Where all thats fair prevails, Our colours blue and our hearts are true, In sunny New South Wales. Now let us take a passing glance at all that we possess. That ours is such a wealthy land no stranger eer would guess. Why, weve land in store, indeed far more than ever we shall require, And trees grow thick on every side in spite of axe and fire. Our sheep and cattle millions count, our wool is classed A1; In beef and mutton our fair land is not to be outdone. Why, weve lately seen old England, who boasts her stock neer fails, Has had to send for wholsome meat preserved in New South Wales. Chorus: Then toast with me, &c. In childhood California was to us a land of gold, And people said its riches were so vast, immense, untold. But time has proved that mineral wealth exists not there alone, For New South Wales possesses gold in many, many a stone. And when the gold is taken from out its quartzy veins A heap of silver, copper, tin, as a residue remains. In fact we are a mass of wealth in all our hills and dales. Theres not a country half as rich as sunny New South Wales. Chorus: Then toast with me, &c. Our climates good, that all admit, our flowers are sweet and rare; And scenes abound on every hand so marvellously fair. Shame on the men who went away and of us wrote such lies. Why, when Anthony Trollope came out here he nearly lost his eyes. Our native girls are fair and good, their hearts are pure and true; And to their colour stick like bricks, the bright Australian blue. Some never loved a roving life, nor blest the oceans gales; But they bless the breeze that blew them to a life in New South Wales. Chorus: Then toast with me, &c.