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The ANZAC Bravest Thing God Ever Made

Words by Will Henry Ogilvie (1869-1963)
Music by May Summerbelle

A marching song published in 1916

The score included this heartfelt dedication:

"Dedicated to the Anzacs including my brother, W.R. Summerbelle, of the 1st Company, 1st Field Engineers."


The skies that arched his land were blue,
His bush-born winds were warm and sweet,
And yet from earliest hours he knew
The tides of victory and defeat;
From fierce floods thundering at his birth,
From red droughts ravening while he played,
He learned to fear no foes on earth
"The bravest thing God ever made!"

The bugles of the Motherland
Rang ceaselessly across the sea,
To call him and his lean brown band
To shape Imperial destiny;
He went, by youth's grave purpose willed,
The goal unknown, the cost unweighed,
The promise of his blood filled
"The bravest thing God ever made!"

We know it is our deathless pride!
The splendour of his first fierce blow;
How, reckless, glorious, undenied,
He stormed those steel-lined cliffs we know!
And none who saw him scale the height
Behind his reeking bayonet-blade
Would rob him of his title-right
"The bravest thing God ever made!"

Bravest, where half a world of men
Are brave beyond all earth's rewards,
So stoutly none shall charge again
Till the last breaking of the swords;
Wounded or hale, won home from war,
Or yonder by the Lone Pine laid.
Give him his due for evermore
"The bravest thing God ever made!"

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