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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
Canada
By John Campbell, Duke of Argyll (1845–1914)
 
A National Hymn

FROM our Dominion never
  Take Thy protecting hand!
United, Lord, for ever
  Keep Thou our fathers’ land!
From where Atlantic terrors        5
  Our hardy seamen train,
To where the salt sea mirrors
  The vast Pacific chain.
Ay one with her whose thunder
  Keeps world-watch with the hours,        10
Guard Freedom’s home and wonder,
  This Canada of ours.
 
Fair days of fortune send her,
  Be Thou her Shield and Sun!
Our land, our flag’s Defender,        15
  Unite our hearts as one!
One flag, one land, upon her
  May every blessing rest!
For loyal faith and honour
  Her children’s deeds attest.
    Ay one with her, &c.
        20
 
No stranger’s foot, insulting,
  Shall tread our country’s soil;
While stand her sons exulting
  For her to live and toil.
She hath the victor’s guerdon,        25
  Hers are the conquering hours,
No foeman’s yoke shall burden
  This Canada of ours.
    Ay one with her, &c.
 
Our sires, when times were sorest,
  Asked none but aid Divine,        30
And cleared the tangled forest,
  And wrought the buried mine.
They tracked the floods and fountains,
  And won, with master-hand,
Far more than gold in mountains,        35
  The glorious Prairie-land.
    Ay one with her, &c.
 
O Giver of earth’s treasure,
  Make Thou our nation strong;
Pour forth Thine hot displeasure
  On all who work her wrong!        40
To our remotest border
  Let plenty still increase,
Let Liberty and Order
  Bid ancient feuds to cease.
    Ay one with her, &c.
 
May Canada’s fair daughters        45
  Keep house for hearts as bold
As theirs who o’er the waters
  Came hither first of old.
The pioneers of nations!
  They showed the world the way;        50
’Tis ours to keep their stations,
  And lead the van to-day.
    Ay one with her, &c.
 
Inheritors of glory,
  O countrymen! we swear
To guard the flag whose story        55
  Shall onward victory bear.
Where’er through earth’s far regions
  Its triple crosses fly,
For God, for home, our legions
  Shall win, or fighting die!
    Ay one with her, &c.
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