"Lest We Forget"
Although Rudyard Kipling is not Australian, I have included his poem Recessional because a phrase from it "lest we forget" has become an enduring part of Australian culture.
Recessional was a poem Kipling wrote for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The poem is a prayer describing two fates that befall even the most powerful nations, their armies and people. The poem is asking God to spare us from these fates "lest we forget" the sacrifices of Christ. The "us" Kipling meant in the poem was England.
After World War I, the phrase "lest we forget" entered into common usage across the British Commonwealth as a plea not to forget past sacrifices. Today the Recessional is sung as a hymn on Anzac Day to the hymnal Melita by John Bacchus Dykes
The phrase "Lest we forget" is often found on war memorials and epitaphs.
by Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936)
God of our fathers, known of old
The tumult and the shouting dies
Far-called our navies melt away
If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
For heathen heart that puts her trust