Sunday, July 01, 2012

Birth of Canada As A Nation - An Ode


I know,  I know I've gone into Canada Day overload but give me a break its my first Canada Day celebration back home so I'm allowed.

Festivities on July 1, 1880 as captured by the Canadian Illustrated News, a publication out of Montreal.  I attempted to access this by going to the Archives and Library of Canada website but it is no longer available due to budget cuts.  Had to get it from the Quebec Archives - no money but at least they are holding on to their heritage.

My friend Liz - one of those 'mericans that I love - put this up on facebook.  I'm ashamed to say I'd never heard it. 
Hail Britannia's noblest daughter,
Who is surrounded by the water
Of many a lake and broad sea,
Land of beaver and of maple tree.

Her lofty brow is wreathed with smiles,
For from the far Atlantic isles
In pomp have come their delegates,
All seeking to unite their fates.

With Canada great northern queen,
And now throughout the land is seen,
High festival and stately dance,
Triumphant nuptials to advance.

And soon shall Red River valley
And distant Vancouver rally,
To form this Empire gigantic
From Pacific to Atlantic.
Birth of Canada As A Nation
July 1, 1867


01 July -1873: Prince Edward Island joins the Canadian Confederation.
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1 comment:

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

wasn't that beautiful..but then so's Liz..
happy birthday my friends...and I'm still flying the beautiful red maple leaf and to hell with anyone who doesn't like it.