This is my country, Australia
and I'm proud to tell you so;
a million brilliant landscapes,
desert climate to freezing snow.
Uniquely ours, the animals,
remarkable our birds;
when I write or speak about them
I am never lost for words.
And oh, the flora exquisite,
amazing things you'll see,
looking closely on the vista
at flower, fern and tree.
The mountains all seem covered
with a perfumed purple haze;
turpentine produced by gum trees
accents white-hot summer days.
Extended drought and roaring bushfire,
torrential rain and mighty flood,
perhaps those hardships are essential,
deposit fire in our blood.
That Australian mateship legend,
based on pride in this great land;
imbue us all with fighting spirit
none but we can understand.
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