Song of the Yellow by John Shaw Neilson

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How shall a poor man sing
When all the birds compete?
With young Love scarlet ripe
‘O yellow, yellow sweet!
They have come out to pipe:
O yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow sweet!’

How shall a cool man sing?
He shall not find the heat;
These foresters take up
Gold of the honey-cup,
And chime on ‘Yellow sweet!
O yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow sweet!’

The impatient apricot
Says, ‘Now remember not
Songs of a sorrow, sing
Loud to each living thing
Here in the loving heat:
O yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow sweet!’

How shall a dull man sing?
Shall he the darkness cheat?
The birds to heaven climb
In the full summer-time
And cry on ‘Yellow sweet!
O yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow sweet!’

Source: The ABC Book of Australian Poetry: a treasury for young people compiled by Libby Hathorn (ABC Books 2010)

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