Splendid missing verses from Australia’s National Anthem
In 1977 Australians voted Advance Australia Fair, written by Glasgow-born Peter Dodds McCormick, as their national anthem. The Aussies were willing to take on an anthem which featured a fair bit of history, and the Labour Government finally adopted it in 1984. However, the Government did not adopt all the original verses. The omitted verses include,
When gallant Cook from Albion sail'd,
To trace wide oceans o’er,
True British courage bore him on
Till he landed on our shore.
Then here he raised Old England’s flag,
The standard of the brave;
With all her faults we love her still,
"Britannia rule the waves!"
In joyful strains then let us sing
‘Advance Australia Fair’!
Should foreign foe e’er sight our coast,
Or dare a foot to land,
We'll rouse to arms like sires of yore
To guard our native strand;
Britannia then shall surely know,
Beyond wide oceans roll,
Her sons in fair Australia’s land
Still keep a British soul.
In joyful strains then let us sing. . .
Thanks to Alan Robertson for alerting me to the missing verses.
Note: the line in the anthem may read "Britannia rules the wave" or it may read "Britannia rules the wave". It is our hope that it correctly reads "Britannia rule the waves", which, as Churchill pointed out, is not a declaration of fact but an invocation.