‘Song of Hope’ – Oodegeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker)

 Song of Hope’ – Oodegeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker)

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.

About Kath Walker
Ooderoo of the Noonuccal (Kath Walker), was one of the most well-respected poets of her time. Her father belonged to the Nunukul people, who traditionally lived on the Northern portion of Minjerribah, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland. Kath Walker wrote ‘A Song of Hope’ in the 1960s after realizing that there is actually hope in a broken world once she saw a decrease in racism towards indigenous people by the English settlers.

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