The Glaciers Near Franz Josef
Author: Francis Duggan


In Franz Josef and Fox's Glacier in South Island's wild south west
Where amongst the rocks and boulders the famous kea parrots nest
Are two ice rivers known as glaciers since the ice ago froze in time
Balladeers have sung about them and poets have honoured them in rhyme.

On a sunny day in Summer mountain winds gave me the chills
It was cold out by those glaciers on the wild south western hills
I did not venture on those glaciers at the bottom I did stay
Though I spoke to a group of climbers who had climbed up to halfway.

Glaciers remnants of the ice age from all those centuries ago
When the world was frozen over covered deep in ice and snow
I would have thought that they would have melted in the summer sun and rain
But there's a mystery in Nature that's way beyond me to explain.

In the south west of New Zealand the cheapest accommodation dear
But for only one known reason world travelers flock each year
To see the glaciers near Franz Josef high prices don't keep them away
Such natural wonders an attraction as such you don't see every day.

In the south west of the South Island natural beauty meets the eye
Snow clad mountains wild and rugged reaching upwards towards the sky
And near Franz Josef two ice rivers since the ice age froze in time
Balladeers have sung about them and poets have honoured them in rhyme.


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