In these parlous times the buying of Australian goods becomes more than ever a patriotic duty.
Now Smith is patriotic quite; He likes to do just what is right, Like you, or I, or any man Who lives upon a social plan Enlightened,and as civilised As, so far, mankind has devised. He pays the tax, obeys the laws, And, keen to aid his country's cause, He's ever vocal, unafraid To barrack for Australian made. Indeed, Smith is, like many men, A true "right-thinking citizen." And so are Black and White and Brown And Robinson and Green and Gray, And thousands more about the town Who tread the law-abiding way. They truly love their native land, And not a man would lift his hand To do her fame or credit harm; And each resents with quick alarm Hurts to her industry or trade, And each upholds Australian made. Smith, for the most part, buys and wears Australian goods, and wisely shares This predeliction with his wife Who orders their domestic life So that their country, in the end, May benefit by what they spend. Yet, once in every little while, Intrigued by some smart tradesman's guile, Smith falls, and buys some costly thing That foreign vessels hither bring, Saying, "To what does it amount? My little slip will never count." But so do Black and White and Brown And Robinson And Green and Gray, Staunch patriots who throng the town. Yet, when each stumbles by the way Over some trifle of expense The final total grows immense; And so, thro' little slips in trade Our adverse balances are made, As each man asks, "Why does trade fail? My little bit can't tip the scale?"
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