CHEER BOYS, CHEER
 
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Cheer, boys, cheer. No more of idle sorrow,
Courage true hearts, shall bear us on our way
Hope points before and shows the bright tomorrow,
Let us forget the darkness of today
So, farewell England! Much as we may love thee
We'll dry the tears that we have shed before
Why should we weep to sail in search of fortune?
Farewell England! Farewell for evermore.

Chorus: Cheer, boys, cheer! For England, Mother England
Cheer, boys, cheer! The willing strong right hand
Cheer, boys, cheer! There's wealth for honest labour
Cheer, boys, cheer! For the new and happy land.


Cheer, boys, cheer! The steady wind is blowing
To float as freely o'er the ocean's breast
The world shall follow in the track we're going
The star of Empire glitters in the West
Here we had toil and little to reward it
But there shall plenty smile upon our pain
And ours shall be the prairie and the forest
And boundless meadows ripe with golden grain.

Chorus: Cheer, boys, cheer! For England, Mother England
Cheer, boys, cheer! United heart and hand
Cheer, boys, cheer! There's wealth for honest labour
Cheer, boys, cheer! For the new and happy land.
 
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Written and composed by Charles MacKay & Henry Russell - 1852
Performed by Henry Russell (1812-1900)
Performed by Harry Anderson (1857-1918)
Performed by Harry Freeman (1858-1922)
 
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