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Australian National Song

Advance Australia Fair



Composed by Peter Dodds McCormick sometime around 1878 and in 1983 a new version of the song was adopted by the Australian government as the national anthem.

        Australians all let us rejoice,
        For we are young and free;
        We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
        Our home is girt by sea;
        Our land abounds in Nature's gifts
        Of beauty rich and rare;
        In history's page, let every stage
        Advance Australia fair!
        In joyful strains then let us sing,
        "Advance Australia fair!"

        When gallant Cook from Albion sail'd,
        To trace wide oceans o'er,
        True British courage bore him on,
        Till he landed on our shore.
        Then here he raised Old England's flag,
        The standard of the brave;
        With all her faults we love her still,
        "Brittannia rules the wave!"
        In joyful strains then let us sing
        "Advance Australia fair!"

        Beneath our radiant southern Cross,
        We'll toil with hearts and hands;
        To make this Commonwealth of ours
        Renowned of all the lands;
        For those who've come across the seas
        We've boundless plains to share;
        With courage let us all combine
        To advance Australia fair.
        In joyful strains then let us sing
        "Advance Australia fair!"

        While other nations of the globe
        Behold us from afar,
        We'll rise to high renown and shine
        Like our glorious southern star;
        From England, Scotia, Erin's Isle,
        Who come our lot to share,
        Let all combine with heart and hand
        To advance Australia fair!
        In joyful strains then let us sing
        "Advance Australia fair!"

        Shou'd foreign foe e'er sight our coast,
        Or dare a foot to land,
        We'll rouse to arms like sires of yore
        To guard our native strand;
        Brittannia then shall surely know,
        Beyond wide ocean's roll,
        Her sons in fair Australia's land
        Still keep a British soul.
        In joyful strains then let us sing
        "Advance Australia fair!"


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Peter Shave (25 Jul 2006)

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