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(17 June 1867 – 2 September 1922 / Grenfell, New South Wales)

A Song of Brave Men

Man, is the Sea your master? Sea, and is man your slave? –
This is the song of brave men who never know they are brave:
Ceaselessly watching to save you, stranger from foreign lands,
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  • Perry Gamsby (2/17/2006 1:15:00 AM)

    Stirring stuff and any who have been to sea can appreciate it. I have always said I would never look at the colour of the hand reaching to save me from drowning, yet Lawson does it so much more eloquently. He includes references to the Great War and really hits out at the establishment. His line 'a monarch 'in' with the Jews' and the one about the army contractors hit home, reminding me of my Grandfather's cynicism after the First World War. Excellent stuff.

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