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This poem was first published by The Tasmanian on Saturday, 3 December 1881. It was written by John G. Millard. ‘Tasmania, Gem of Southern Sea’ By John G. Millard I’ve dwelt in many lands, I’ve gazed on lovely scenes, But one there is transcends E’en fancy’s glowing dreams. Tasmania, gem of the southern sea, My […]

This poem was first published by The Tasmanian on Saturday, 3 December 1881. It was written by John G. Millard.

‘Tasmania, Gem of Southern Sea’

By John G. Millard

I’ve dwelt in many lands,
I’ve gazed on lovely scenes,
But one there is transcends
E’en fancy’s glowing dreams.
Tasmania, gem of the southern sea,
My harp is tuned to sing of thee.
Land of beauty, land of health,
Land of patriots, land of wealth,
Land of rivers, lakes, and plains,
Land of snow on mountain chains,
Land of floral shrub and tree,
Nature’s sweetest poetry,
Land of hedge rows, bright and green,
Such as nowhere else are seen;
Land of gold and silver ore,
Hidden long in nature’s store;
Land where noble men are found,
Land where social joys abound;
Land of maidens, fair and pure,
Sought by swains of distant shore,
For their virtues, known afar,
Shine with rays of brightest star;
Land of temples everywhere
Vocal with the sound of prayer,
Sending up to God above
Strains of gratitude and love;
land of culture, land of art,
Beautiful in every part;
With thy charms, so great and rare,
What to thee can we compare?
Tasmania, gem of southern sea,
Eden alone surpasses thee.

‘Tasmania, Gem of Southern Sea’.  The Tasmanian (Launceston, Tas. : 1881 – 1895), 3 December 1881, page 1135. Retrieved from https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/199523092.

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Poet’s Corner is a quaint and quirky section of The Tasmanian Times. It has been designed to offer a haven to those who relish and immerse themselves in the sheer joy and pleasure emanating from English verse. Our idea is to share poems published in Tasmania during the early years of British arrival.

We would also like you to share your poetry with us. Submissions can be sent to arts@tasmaniantimes.com. Please see www.tasmaniantimes.com/contact for general submission guidelines.

Source: Tasmanian Times https://tasmaniantimes.com/2020/09/poets-corner-tasmania-gem-of-southern-sea/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=poets-corner-tasmania-gem-of-southern-sea

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