The Bush



GIVE us from dawn to dark  
 Blue of Australian skies,  
Let there be none to mark  
 Whither our pathway lies.  
 
Give us when noontide comes          
 Rest in the woodland free—  
Fragrant breath of the gums,  
 Cold, sweet scent of the sea.  
 
Give us the wattle’s gold  
 And the dew-laden air,         
And the loveliness bold  
 Loneliest landscapes wear.  
 
These are the haunts we love,  
 Glad with enchanted hours,  
Bright as the heavens above,         
 Fresh as the wild bush flowers.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 27, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF GHGH
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 495
Words 80
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

James Lister Cuthbertson

James Lister Cuthbertson 8 May 1851 - 18 January 1910 was a Scottish-Australian poet and schoolteacher more…

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