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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
39. The Bush
 
By James Lister Cuthbertson
 
 
GIVE us from dawn to dark
  Blue of Australian skies,
Let there be none to mark
  Whither our pathway lies.
 
Give us when noontide comes        5
  Rest in the woodland free—
Fragrant breath of the gums,
  Cold, sweet scent of the sea.
 
Give us the wattle’s gold
  And the dew-laden air,        10
And the loveliness bold
  Loneliest landscapes wear.
 
These are the haunts we love,
  Glad with enchanted hours,
Bright as the heavens above,        15
  Fresh as the wild bush flowers.
 

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