Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Bonne Fete Canada!

In honour of our nation's birthday, I offer this video, which was the sign- off for CBC for years. It's a wonderful rendition of O Canada, along with images of our country and its people.

I also wanted to share the lyrics to what is known as our "other" anthem, The Maple Leaf Forever.

In Days of yore, From Britain's shore
Wolfe the dauntless hero came
And planted firm Britannia's flag
On Canada's fair domain.
Here may it wave,
Our boast, our pride
And joined in love together,
The thistle, shamrock, rose entwined,
The Maple Leaf Forever.


The Maple Leaf
Our Emblem Dear,
The Maple Leaf Forever.
God save our Queen and heaven bless,
The Maple Leaf Forever.

At Queenston Heights and Lundy's Lane
Our brave fathers side by side
For freedom's home and loved ones dear,
Firmly stood and nobly died.
And so their rights which they maintained,
We swear to yield them never.
Our watchword ever more shall be
The Maple Leaf Forever

Our fair Dominion now extends
From Cape Race to Nootka Sound
May peace forever be our lot
And plenty a store abound
And may those ties of love be ours
Which discord cannot sever
And flourish green for freedom's home
The Maple Leaf Forever


We are as a people, quietly patriotic so today we will properly fete our country's birthday with a BBQ here at home with friends. Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians, both at home and abroad. Let's raise a toast to our true North, strong and free!


bettyann said...

Happy Canada Day to you..take care..

sherry lee said...

Great video clip!!!!!
And I LOVE The Maple Leaf Forever...I actually prefer it to O Canada...and I know every single word!!! Sang it once as part of a large school choir at Massey Hall...I tell you, this song sends chills up my spine!!

Here's a toast to you my friend, and to the true north, strong and free!!!