Henry Lawson ( )


Republican Pioneers


Were marching along, were gathring strong 
We place on our right reliance, 
We fling in the air, for all who care, 
Our first loud notes of defiance! 
We fling in the air, 
For all who care, 
Our first loud notes of defiance! 

Laugh long and loud, you toady crowd, 
At the men you call benighted, 
In spite of your sneers, we are pioneers 
Of Australian States United! 
In spite of your sneers, We are pioneers 
Of Australian States United! 

Not long well stand as an outlaw band, 
And be in our country lonely, 
For soon to the sky shall ring our cry, 
Our cry of Australia only! 
For soon to the sky 
Shall mount our cry, 
Our cry of Australia only! 

And well sleep sound in Australian ground, 
Neath the blue-cross flag star lighted, 
When it freely waves oer the grass-grown graves 
Of the pioneers united! 
When it floats and veers 
Oer the pioneers 
Of Australian States United!



Henry Lawson's other poems:
  1. Wide Lies Australia
  2. Mount Bukaroo
  3. The Fire at Rosss Farm
  4. To an Old Mate
  5. The League of Nations


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