Classic Australian Poetry – The Bush, by James Lister Cuthbertson (1851-1910)

Give us from dawn to dark,
Blue of Australian skies,
Let there be none to mark,
Whither our pathway lies.

Give us when noontime comes,
Rest in the woodland free –
Fragrant breath of the gums
Cold, sweet scent of the seas.

Give us the wattle’s gold
And the dew-laden air,
And the loveliness bold
Loneliest landscape wear.

These are the haunts we love,
Glad with enchanted hours,
Bright as the heavens above,
Fresh as the wild bush flowers.

The Australian Literature Review

Classic Book of Australian Verse

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