My Country Bushfires Dorothea McKellar

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Published on February 8, 2009

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My Country : My Country Dorothea McKellar (1885-1968) I love a sunburnt country, : I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, : A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, : Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. : Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, : I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, : I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror - : Her beauty and her terror - The wide brown land for me! : The wide brown land for me! The stark white ring-barked forests : The stark white ring-barked forests All tragic to the moon : All tragic to the moon The sapphire-misted mountains : The sapphire-misted mountains The hot gold hush of noon : The hot gold hush of noon Green tangle of the brushes, : Green tangle of the brushes, Where lithe lianas coil, : Where lithe lianas coil, And orchids deck the treetops, : And orchids deck the treetops, And ferns the warm dark soil. : And ferns the warm dark soil. Core of my heart my country! : Core of my heart my country! Her pitiless blue sky, : Her pitiless blue sky, When, sick at heart, around us : When, sick at heart, around us We see the cattle die - : We see the cattle die - But then the grey clouds gather, : But then the grey clouds gather, And we can bless again : And we can bless again The drumming of an army, : The drumming of an army, The steady soaking rain. : The steady soaking rain. Core of my heart, my country! : Core of my heart, my country! Lands of the rainbow gold, : Lands of the rainbow gold, For flood and fire and famine : For flood and fire and famine She pays us back threefold. : She pays us back threefold. Over the thirsty paddocks, : Over the thirsty paddocks, Watch after many days, : Watch after many days, The filmy veil of greenness : The filmy veil of greenness That thickens as we gaze. : That thickens as we gaze. An opal-hearted country, : An opal-hearted country, A willful, lavish land - : A willful, lavish land - All you who have not loved her, : All you who have not loved her, You will not understand - : You will not understand - Though earth holds many splendors, : Though earth holds many splendors, Wherever I may die, : Wherever I may die, I know to what brown country : I know to what brown country My homing thoughts will fly. : My homing thoughts will fly.

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