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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
Song for Canada
By 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 honoured race
Whose deeds can never die.        10
  Let but the rash intruder dare
    To touch our darling strand,
      The martial fires
      That thrilled our sires
    Would flame throughout the land.        15
 
Our lakes are deep and wide,
Our fields and forests broad;
      With cheerful air
      We’ll speed the share,
And break the fruitful sod;        20
Till blest with rural peace,
Proud of our rustic toil,
      On hill and plain
      True kings we’ll reign,
The victors of the soil.        25
  But let the rash intruder dare
    To touch our darling strand,
      The martial fires
      That thrilled our sires
    Would light him from the land.        30
 
Health smiles with rosy face
Amid our sunny dales,
      And torrents strong
      Fling hymn and song
Through all the mossy vales;        35
Our sons are living men,
Our daughters fond and fair;
      A thousand isles
      Where Plenty smiles,
Make glad the brow of Care.        40
  But let the rash intruder dare
    To touch our darling strand,
      The martial fires
      That thrilled our sires
    Would flame throughout the land.        45
 
And if in future years
One wretch should turn and fly,
      Let weeping Fame
      Blot out his name
From Freedom’s hallowed sky;        50
Or should our sons e’er prove
A coward, traitor race,—
      Just Heaven! frown
      In thunder down
T’ avenge the foul disgrace!        55
  But let the rash intruder dare
    To touch our darling strand,
      The martial fires
      That thrilled our sires
    Would light him from the land.        60
 
 
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