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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Americas: Vol. XXX.  1876–79.
 
Introductory to British America
Song for Canada
Charles Sangster (1822–1893)
 
SONS of the race whose sires
Aroused the martial flame
    That filled with smiles
    The triune Isles,
Through all their heights of fame!        5
With hearts as brave as theirs,
With hopes as strong and high,
    We ’ll ne’er disgrace
    The honored race
Whose deeds can never die.        10
 
Our lakes are deep and wide,
Our fields and forests broad;
    With cheerful air
    We ’ll speed the share,
And break the fruitful sod;        15
Till blest with rural peace,
Proud of our rustic toil,
    On hill and plain
    True kings we ’ll reign,
The victors of the soil.        20
 
Health smiles with rosy face
Amid our sunny dales,
    And torrents strong
    Fling hymn and song
Through all the mossy vales;        25
Our sons are living men,
Our daughters fond and fair;
    A thousand isles,
    Where Plenty smiles,
Make glad the brow of Care.        30
 
And if in future years
One wretch should turn and fly,
    Let weeping Fame
    Blot out his name
From Freedom’s hallowed sky;        35
Or should our sons e’er prove
A coward, traitor race,—
    Just Heaven! frown
    In thunder down,
T’ avenge the foul disgrace!        40
 
 
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