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Waratah and Wattle
Henry Lawson

Though poor and in trouble I wander alone
With a rebel cockade in my hat;
Though friends may desert me, and kindred disown,
My country will never do that!
You may sing of the shamrock, the thistle, and rose,
Or the three in a bunch if you will;
But I know of a country that gathered all those,
And I love the great land where the waratah grows,
And the wattle-bough blooms on the hill.

Australia! Australia!
so fair to behold
While the blue sky is arching above;
The stranger should never have need to be told
That the wattle-bloom means that her heart is of gold
And the waratah red blood of love.

Australia! Australia! most beautiful name,
Most kindly and bountiful land;
I would die every death that might save her from shame,
If a black cloud should rise in the strand;
But whatever the quarrel, whoever her foes,
Let them come! Let them come when they will!
Though the struggle be grim, 'tis Australia that knows,
That her children shall fight while the waratah grows,
And the wattle blooms out on the hill.


Henry Lawson

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