9 May 1917

Ruined buildings in St Quentin following the Second Battle of Aisne, April 1917. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum. © IWM (Q 87696).

Old and young, and rich and poor,
Men of the South, to-day
The colors are calling across the sea,
Are you deaf to what they say?

You needs must stand to your present tasks,
There’s plenty at home to do
What, if old England furled her flag,
Would the German pull you through?

Would you rather fight for the Eagle grim
Than the dear old Union Jack?
Do you sigh for the sleuth-hound submarine
On the blue Pacific track?

Must this land of gold that to-day you hold
Be England’s bitter loss?
Will you bow to the bird of the brutal beak,
Or stand by the Southern Cross?

Come, hurry along, you men so strong,
You boys of dash and grit;
The prize is great, you dare not wait,
Australia’s in for it!

Hark! don’t you hear your comrades call,
Through thunder of the war?
A Nation’s life we die to save,
Come MORE, and MORE, and MORE.

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This entry was posted on May 9th, 2017.