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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
83. True America’s Message
 
By Bernard O’Dowd
 
 
OUR manlier spirits hear and will obey
  The Word YOU waft Australia o’er the sea—
‘Be true, be brave, be merciful, be free!’
Not you, who, braggart, sent this wan array
Of hell-ships vomiting their Will-to-Slay,        5
  These armoured Hates and pallid Envies we,
  ’Mid rattled mobs and flags hysteric, see
Tarnish the chaste horizon of our Bay:
 
But YOU we hear, our Comrades of the Cause,
  Who face hyæna Mammon in his den:        10
    And YOU, who dared your seas of blood to spill
To drag the swooning slave from vampire jaws:
  Yea, YOU who freed unborn Australia, when
    You singed King George’s beard at Bunker’s Hill.
 

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