“Consider the lilies,” the Saviour once said, For close round His path their beauty was spread; Methinks had He dwelt in Australia’s fair land, “Consider the ferns” had been His command. MARIAN TRANTER.

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The tragic ringbarked forests,
Stark white beneath the moon,
The sapphire misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon,
Green tangle of the brushes,
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree tops
And ferns the crimson soil.

Dorothea Mackellar


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