LAND THIS WONDROUS
Was there ever a unique land,
That strangers so completely misunderstand? Ringed by azure seas and wide golden beaches grand, Yet where in the harsh Centre there go hand -in-hand, Countless, endless hills made of shifting, burnished sand Reflecting a strange rare beauty of their own brand, Slowly changing to ragged mountains and tableland, Starting winding rivers on courses drawn freehand. Then that land must be-AUSTRALIA.
Was there ever an ancient land
Home to aborigines who observed first hand, That this fragile land, overuse could not withstand? Flora and fauna need respect in their homeland And wilful waste and misuse were so strictly banned, To disobey tribal rules earned a reprimand.
But then white men came claiming “This is No-Man’s Land” An error that for years continued to expand. Then that land must be — AUSTRALIA.
Was there ever a tortured land,
Victim of hasty solutions poorly planned,
To solve imported problems we now can’t remand? Camels, rabbits, carp, cane toads far and wide have fanned, Joining Indian myna birds, feral cats, pigs and Now Asian bees have arrived by some ways underhand. These destructive pests are not easy to disband, A national Pandora’s box opened and uncanned. Then this land must be — AUSTRALIA.
Was there ever a special land, Producing such lists of talent we name off hand? Explorers, engineers, farmers tall and tanned, Soldiers, poets, artists-- a list to beat the band. But in this remote country, though often undermanned, Problems were beaten by tackling them hand-to hand, Artistic wonders came from some unrequited gland, Proving to all, here’s a great innovative strand. Then that land must be — AUSTRALIA.
Was there ever an honoured land Touched by our God’s almighty, creative hand, Given every exquisite beauty at His command? With hidden treasures beneath the soil, sea and sand, Wonders abounding wherever our eyes have panned? But His perfect plan that was made clear beforehand, Was to treat it well, avoid commercial demand, We are but stewards, we must clearly understand,
Of this wondrous land-AUSTRALIA.