Galipolli

By Alfred Chandler    (Perth 1916)

 

Her shines for us the morning star of fame
As deathless as the galaxy of Troy,
Where heroes revelled in the sacred joy
Of valour. Here new tried by fire and flame,
Our dauntless sons have write the golden name
Australia high on every scarp and rock,
Indelible to rains or all the mock
Of bleaching suns, or Time’s forgetting shame.
Oh! here they died to live and are alive
More surely than the dead who tread the earth
Or wait upon the gods in Paradise:
Their dust is holy and their deeds survive,
Their destiny is crowned- May we be worth
The glory of the immortal sacrifice.
 

 

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