The Waving of the Red
Henry Lawson, 1893
It is a sad and cruel fate the country's coming to,
And there's no use in striking, 'so what are we to do?'
"I know what we could do, but then, there might be traitors near,
And things are running in my head that only mates should hear!"
The world cannot go on like this, in spite of all that's said,
And millions now are waiting for the Waving of the Red.
"Last night as I lay slipping out a vision came to me;
A girl with face as fair and grand as ever man might see
Her form was like the statues raised to Liberty in France,
And in her hand a blood-red flag was wrapped around a lance.
She shook the grand old colour loose, she smiled at me and said;
"Go bid your brothers gather for the Waving of the Red."