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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
43. Wanderers
 
By James Hebblethwaite
 
 
AS I rose in the early dawn,
While stars were fading white,
I saw upon a grassy slope
A camp-fire burning bright;
With tent behind and blaze before        5
Three loggers in a row
Sang all together joyously—
Pull up the stakes and go!
 
As I rode on by Eagle Hawk,
The wide blue deep of air,        10
The wind among the glittering leaves,
The flowers so sweet and fair,
The thunder of the rude salt waves,
The creek’s soft overflow,
All joined in chorus to the words—        15
Pull up the stakes and go!
 
Now by the tent on forest skirt,
By odour of the earth,
By sight and scent of morning smoke,
By evening camp-fire’s mirth,        20
By deep-sea call and foaming green,
By new stars’ gleam and glow,
By summer trails in antique lands—
Pull up the stakes and go!
 
The world is wide and we are young,        25
The sounding marches beat,
And passion pipes her sweetest call
In lane and field and street;
So rouse the chorus, brothers all,
We’ll something have to show        30
When death comes round and strikes our tent—
Pull up the stakes and go!
 

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