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AUSTRALIAN SONGS

The
Route March

by Henry Lawson
(1867-1922)

Henry Lawson is considered by many as Australia's poet of the people. His difficulties in life shaped his writings and helped him become an  inspiration.

More Songs by Lawson

Lawson Poems & Stories

We also have a variety of  stories and poems written by Lawson on our website.

Did you hear the children singing, O my brothers?
Did you hear the children singing as our troops went marching past?
           In the sunshine and the rain,
           As they'll never sing again—
Hear the little school-girls singing as our troops went swinging past?

Did you hear the children singing, O my brothers?
Did you hear the children singing for the first man and the last?
           As they marched away and vanished,
           To a tune we thought was banished—
Did you hear the children singing for the future and the past?

Shall you hear the children singing, O my brothers?
Shall you hear the children singing in the sunshine or the rain?
           There'll be sobs beneath the ringing
           Of the cheers, and 'neath the singing
There'll be tears of orphan children when Our Boys come back again!

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