The Old Merri River To The Ocean Flows On

were i born a poet a poem i would write
A poem for others to read and enjoy and recite
Of the famed Merri River an old water-way
That in Warrnambool flows into the Pacific at Lady Bay
Long before the first Europeans to south west Victoria came
And gave to the Merri it's now famous name
For thousands of centuries before that in Summer in the shade of the trees
Australia's first people danced their corroborees
Since then many Seasons have come and have gone
But the old Merri River to the ocean flows on
In south west Victoria by night and by day
In and out of Lake Pertobe and on to Lady Bay
At the end of it's journey to the Pacific shore
It has flowed forever and will forever more.

by Francis Duggan

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