My Country Bushfires Dorothea McKellar

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My Country : 

My Country Dorothea McKellar (1885-1968)

I love a sunburnt country, : 

I love a sunburnt country,

A land of sweeping plains, : 

A land of sweeping plains,

Of ragged mountain ranges, : 

Of ragged mountain ranges,

Of droughts and flooding rains. : 

Of droughts and flooding rains.

I love her far horizons, : 

I love her far horizons,

I love her jewel-sea, : 

I love her jewel-sea,

Her beauty and her terror - : 

Her beauty and her terror -

The wide brown land for me! : 

The wide brown land for me!

The stark white ring-barked forests : 

The stark white ring-barked forests

All tragic to the moon : 

All tragic to the moon

The sapphire-misted mountains : 

The sapphire-misted mountains

The hot gold hush of noon : 

The hot gold hush of noon

Green tangle of the brushes, : 

Green tangle of the brushes,

Where lithe lianas coil, : 

Where lithe lianas coil,

And orchids deck the treetops, : 

And orchids deck the treetops,

And ferns the warm dark soil. : 

And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart my country! : 

Core of my heart my country!

Her pitiless blue sky, : 

Her pitiless blue sky,

When, sick at heart, around us : 

When, sick at heart, around us

We see the cattle die - : 

We see the cattle die -

But then the grey clouds gather, : 

But then the grey clouds gather,

And we can bless again : 

And we can bless again

The drumming of an army, : 

The drumming of an army,

The steady soaking rain. : 

The steady soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country! : 

Core of my heart, my country!

Lands of the rainbow gold, : 

Lands of the rainbow gold,

For flood and fire and famine : 

For flood and fire and famine

She pays us back threefold. : 

She pays us back threefold.

Over the thirsty paddocks, : 

Over the thirsty paddocks,

Watch after many days, : 

Watch after many days,

The filmy veil of greenness : 

The filmy veil of greenness

That thickens as we gaze. : 

That thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country, : 

An opal-hearted country,

A willful, lavish land - : 

A willful, lavish land -

All you who have not loved her, : 

All you who have not loved her,

You will not understand - : 

You will not understand -

Though earth holds many splendors, : 

Though earth holds many splendors,

Wherever I may die, : 

Wherever I may die,

I know to what brown country : 

I know to what brown country

My homing thoughts will fly. : 

My homing thoughts will fly.

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