Works in the Herald 1931

Speaking at Hobart on Monday, Commissioner McKenzie, of the Salvation Army suggested that Australians were too flabby and soft, relying too much on Governments.

Are we so flabby, and are we so soft?
I have pondered the question long and oft;
   And happy-go-lucky we may appear
   When the fat and easy days are here,
When it's easy come and it's easy go,
And there's never a long, hard row to hoe.

But exceedingly hard and remarkably tough Are the terms that fit when the days grow rough, And Austrlia faces the jobs ahead That fall in the seasons of stress and dread. And the sturdier stuff of the pioneers Has not all gone with the old, stern years.
And the tasks we faced and the loads we bore, When the folly of nations brought us war, Were not too many and not too great To bend our backs or to halt our gait. For the same old metal they tried anew, And then, as ever, the stuff rang true.
But the soft times came; and the seed we sowed On the days we travelled the easy road, We must harvest now, as we all repent Of a flabbiness passed to a Government And nurtured there, while we rage and rear To be up and waging the fight once more.

Herald, 10 February 1931, p8

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