The Flag of our Destinies

Henry Lawson, 1899

      With our boundaries swung to the circling seas and a nation named to the world!
      And the six-starred flag of our destinies on every port unfurled!
      God grant from Greed or the dust of sleep — or the right by a lie maintained —
      From all save our blood, if we must, we'll keep the silver and blue unstained!

      We yield no praise and we speak no blame, for our history's weeds and flowers —
      But the work of a hundred years we claim as our father's work and ours!
      Through peace to prosper or war to save — wherever the future runs —
      May God make noble and strong and brave the hearts of our father's sons.