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.

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The Australian Literature Review
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Classic Book of Australian Verse

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