My Country (Core of my Heart) by Dorothea Mackellar
Famous Australian poet Dorothea Mackellar was born on this day, 1st July 1885.
Her best-known poem is My Country, written at age 19 while homesick in England, and first published in the London Spectator in 1908 under the title Core of My Heart: the second stanza of this poem is among the best known verses in Australia. Four volumes of her collected verse were published: The Closed Door (published in 1911, contained the first appearance of My Country); The Witch Maid, and Other Verses (1914); Dreamharbour (1923); and Fancy Dress (1926).
For her contributions to Australian literature, Mackellar was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1968, but she died 2 weeks later.