A Song of Hope
A Song of Hope by Oodgeroo (Kath Walker)
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Look up, my people, The dawn is breaking The world is waking To a bright new day When none defame us No restriction tame us Nor colour shame us Nor sneer dismay. Now brood no more On the years behind you The hope assigned you Shall the past replace When a juster justice Grown wise and stronger Points the bone no longer At a darker race. So long we waited Bound and frustrated Till hate be hated And caste deposed Now light shall guide us No goal denied us And all doors open That long were closed. See plain the promise Dark freedom-lover! Night's nearly over And though long the climb New rights will greet us New mateship meet us And joy complete us In our new Dream Time. To our fathers' fathers The pain, the sorrow; To our children's children the glad tomorrow.