Here you will find the Poem Above Crow's Nest [Sydney] of poet Henry Lawson
A BLANKET low and leaden, Though rent across the west, Whose darkness seems to deaden The brightest and the best; A sunset white and staring On cloud-wrecks far away? And haggard house-walls glaring A farewell to the day. A light on tower and steeple, Where sun no longer shines? My people, Oh my people! Rise up and read the signs! Low looms the nearer high-line (No sign of star or moon), The horseman on the skyline Rode hard this afternoon! (Is he?and who shall know it?? The spectre of a scout? The spirit of a poet, Whose truths were met with doubt? Who sought and who succeeded In marking danger?s track? Whose warnings were unheeded Till all the sky was black?) It is a shameful story For our young, generous home? Without the rise and glory We?d go as Greece and Rome. Without the sacrifices That make a nation?s name, The elder nation?s vices And luxuries we claim. Grown vain without a conquest, And sure without a fort, And maddened in the one quest For pleasure or for sport. Self-blinded to our starkness We?d fling the time away To fight, half-armed, in darkness Who should be armed to-day. This song is for the city, The city in its pride? The coming time shall pity And shield the countryside. Shall we live in the present Till fearful war-clouds loom, And till the sullen peasant Shall leave us to our doom? Cloud-fortresses titanic Along the western sky? The tired, bowed mechanic And pallid clerk flit by. Lit by a light unhealthy? The ghastly after-glare? The veiled and goggled wealthy Drive fast?they know not where. Night?s sullen spirit rouses, The darkening gables lour From ugly four-roomed houses Verandah?d windows glower; The last long day-stare dies on The scrub-ridged western side, And round the near horizon The spectral horsemen ride.