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The Daydawn of Labor, song lyrics

Song: The Daydawn of Labor
Lyrics: John Plumper Hoolan(1)

Music: to the tune of "Marching to Georgia"
Year: 1891(2)
Country: Australia

Oh listen to the distant sound that spirit wings have borne,
Bidding all awaken to the breaking of the dawn.
Sons of toil arising to welcome the bright morn
Ushering in the daydawn of Labor.
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Arise, arise and usher in the day;
Arise, arise and battle for fair play.
Down with every obstacle, the unions lead the way;
And up with the standard of Labor.


Onward we are marching, onward let us roll;
Spread the gospel freely, boys, spread from Pole to Pole.
Throw your lives in with it, it's salvation to the soul;
And cast in defence of your labor.
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Land of full and plenty, O land of liberty;
Land where honest sons of toil will never bend the knee
To purse-proud, mocking masters in meek humility;
So fight in defence of your labor.



1 - John Hoolan, from the Ausralian Dictionary of Biography.

2 - From the Worker (newspaper), Brisbane, Queensland, Thursday, 5 November, 1925, p. 3, column 2.

3 - Introduction in this newspaper, "The following song was composed by the late John Plumper Hoolan for the O'Callaghan Opera Co. and was sung for the O'Callaghan Opera Company, and was sung for the benefit of the shearer's strike, 1891. The 1891 strike information is from the Australian Workers Heritage Centre.