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Onward Friends Of Freedom (1896)
Tune--"Onward Christian Soldiers."
Songs for the People.

Toilers of the nations,
Thinkers of the time,
Sound the note of battle
Loud thro' every clime.

March ye 'gainst the tyrants,
Heedless of their steel,
Be a band of brothers,
Speed the common Weal !

Onward friends of Freedom,
Onward for the strife,
Each for all we struggle,
One in death and life.

Seamstress in the hovel,
Women of the mill,
Low indeed ye grovel,
Tame ye are and still.

Come like the Walkyries,
Beauteous in your might,
Sing ye songs of valor,
Nerve us for the fight !

Onward friends, &c.

Toil we now no longer
For another's gain,
While our wives and children
Pine in want and pain:

Grieve we now no longer
At another's good,
Let us all be brothers,
Let us all have food !

Onward friends, &c.

Come then worn and weary,
Come then stout and brave,
Join this noble army
Sworn our land to save

From the power of tyrants,
From the curse of greed :
Down with the Destroyer!
Crush the Serpent's seed !

Onward friends, &c.
--From the Workers' Song Book.


From the South Australian Newspaper the Weekly Herald Friday 27 March 1896 p. 7.


australian traditional songs . . . a selection by mark gregory