The rose of England never bud till I gain my liberty

May the rose of England never bud. The thistle of Scotland never grow. The harp of Ireland never play. Till I poor convict gain my liberty.
—Anonymous

This is one of the more original verses found on the convict love tokens held by the National Museum of Australia. The verse is from this convict love token dated 1837, engraved for an unknown convict sentenced for seven years.

Have you heard this verse before? Do you think the token was left with a loved one or was for the convict alone? 

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Scotch thistle

This posting has been produced using content from the National Museum of Australia’s Convict love tokens interactive.

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