Treasure Island

Sir Henry Parkes

(1815 - 1896 / Australia)

Stanzas


Up go the beautiful and world-watch'd stars,
Lifting the glory of America,
'Mong the red flags which gleam through masts
and spars
Crowded in gay magnificence, to-day,
Where three score years ago, none found their way,
Of all the ships which left old England's shore:
Up goes the starry flag, on waves which lay
In undiscover'd solitude, when o'er
America those stars first glanc'd from fields of gore!

In friendly beauty floats that free-fix'd flag
'Gainst England's glowing ensign! I could dream
Of times, when the wild bush, each uncouth crag,
And precipice, beside this haven-stream,
Shall yield to one vast city; and the gleam
Of new-born banners shall illumine it;
And these alike be foreign in the beam
Of Australasia's morning. Heaven admit
One patriot spirit here, and Freedom's fires are lit!

Not ever shall the exile's toil be all
To bring the harvest of this infant land;
The children of the buried exile shall
Behold a mother's beauty, in the bland
Aspect of Nature, on their native strand:
And Freedom then shall choose a dwelling here.
Oh! Happy epoch, when the 'great and grand,'
The memory of whose deeds mankind revere,
Number a Washington, from the world's Austral sphere.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Stanzas by Sir Henry Parkes )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Only in Vegas, Angela K Brown
  2. Morning, Angela K Brown
  3. Shifting Afternoon, Angela K Brown
  4. Song of Solomon, Angela K Brown
  5. The watcher is watched, Christopher Withers
  6. I Will Still Love You, Sandra Feldman
  7. Born Too Many Times, Oduro Bright Amoh
  8. Self Examination, Phil Soar
  9. Life's Prison, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  10. One Enchanted Garden, Sandra Feldman

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Louis Stevenson

AT last she comes, O never more
In this dear patience of my pain
To leave me lonely as before,
Or leave my soul alone again.... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  5. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  6. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  7. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  8. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  10. Daffodils, William Wordsworth

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]