The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur, ed. Elizabeth Perkins (London, Sydney and Melbourne: Angus & Robertson, 1984): 448. Online at the University of Sydney Library at http://setis.library.usyd.edu.au/ozlit
2 And out towards the South I was gazing, 3 First there passed o'er my spirit a darkness like sleep, 4 Then the light of a Vision amazing! 5 As rises the Moon, from the white waves afar 6 Came a Goddess it seemed of love, wisdom and war, 7 And on her bright helmet encircling a star, 8 Behold there was graven "Australia." 9 Her robes of green as the mantle of spring 10 Newly spread by the streams that so mildly 11 Elapse through yon flock-dappled plains, or that sing 12 'Mid those blue-ranging mountains so wildly: 13 Her locks were as bright as the lustre that lies 14 At morn on the seas of the South, and her eyes 15 Were as deep in their joy as the clear sunny skies -- 16 The clear sunny skies of Australia. 17 Stranger, she asked, hast thou fled from the home 18 Which thy forefathers bled for so vainly! 19 Does shame for its past thus induce thee to roam, 20 Or despair of its future constrain thee? 21 In the far sunny South three's a refuge from wrong, 23 Through genius hath already shouted his song: 24 'Tis the evergreen land of Australia. 25 There Truth her abode on the forest-clad hills 26 Shall establish -- a dweller for ever; 28 Aye wedded to honest Endeavour: 29 Till the future a numberless people shall see 30 All equally noble as equally free, 31 And the God they adore their sole monarch shall be! 32 Then come, build thy home in Australia. 33 This said, tow'ards the South she passed brightly away, 34 And at once as from slumber I started; 35 But the cadences sweet of its welcoming lay 36 Yet breathed of the Vision departed. 37 And when o'er the deep these had fadingly spread, 38 The swell of my heart as it rose to my head 39 Broke loud into words on my tongue -- and I said: 40 Be the home of my hope then Australia! Notes 22] Shiloh: in Biblical times, a village of central Palestine northwest of the Dead Sea, which was a meeting place and sanctuary for the Israelites. The Ark of the Covenant was kept there until its capture by the Philstines. Back to Line
Poems (Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide: George Robinson, 1883).