Henry Lawson

(17 June 1867 – 2 September 1922 / Grenfell, New South Wales)

At The Beating Of A Drum - Poem by Henry Lawson

Fear ye not the stormy future, for the Battle Hymn is strong,
And the armies of Australia shall not march without a song;
The glorious words and music of Australia's song shall come
When her true hearts rush together at the beating of a drum.

We may not be there to hear it – 'twill be written in the night,
And Australia's foes shall fear it in the hour before the fight.
The glorious words and music from a lonely heart shall come
When our sons shall rush to danger at the beating of the drum.

He shall be unknown who writes it; he shall soon forgotten be,
But the song shall ring through ages as a song of liberty.
And I say the words and music of our battle hymn shall come,
When Australia wakes in anger at the beating of a drum.


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  • Rookie Tahir Baban (3/7/2006 2:23:00 PM)

    Good words sounds from a hero, well balanced and full of music (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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