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The voice of God, calling him prudently
Out of the dead lee shore, and chose the north,
The wind’s way. So, too, Cook made choice,
Over the brink, into the devil’s mouth,
With four months’ food, and sailors wild with dreams
Of English beer, the smoking barns of home.
So Cook made choice, so Cook sailed westabout,
So men write poems in Australia.
Five Visions of Captain Cook by Kenneth Slessor, 1931 in Trio: A Book of Poems.
On 29th April 1770, Captain James Cook landed in Botany Bay,