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NGANBRA, A Canberra Canticle: A long narrative poem about the Aborigines of south-eastern Australia as they were, the coming of the Europeans from the 1820s, the destruction of the tribes, and concluding with a plea for peace and reconciliation.

Oh earth,

wise earth.

Our Mother Earth;

Will your people ever

to themselves be reconciled?

Man to woman?

Dark to light?

The fires of conflict

to the winds of peace?

From the bountiful waters

drink full and deep?

And the wanting mind

with nature keep?

The work was used by the composer, Judith Clingan, as the libretto for a choral work for four choirs, soloists, dancers and instrumentalists, first performed at The Canberra Theatre in 1988, as part of the Bicentennial celebrations. It was then described by the Canberra Times music critic, W.L. Hoffmann as 'A dramatic work of considerable power and breadth of expression.'

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