The Bushrangers: A play in five acts

And other poems

My Political Belief

Charles Harpur

O LIBERTY, yet build thee an august
        And best abode in this most virgin clime;
The Old World yet, power-trampled to the dust,
        Hath never known thee in thy perfect prime!
        Seeing all Rule which at a given time
Expires not, as reposed in Public Trust,
And thence renewable but by Suffrage, must
        Against thee in its nature be a crime!
        Seeing that all not privileged to name
Their governors—and more, to govern too,
        Choosing or chosen, but live unto thy blame!
That all are slaves in act who may not do
Whate’er is virtuous and in spirit who
        Believing aught dare not avow the same!

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