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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
Qu’Appelle Valley
By John Campbell, Duke of Argyll (1845–1914)
 
MORNING, lighting all the prairies,
  Once of old came, bright as now,
To the twin cliffs, sloping wooded
  From the vast plain’s even brow:
When the sunken valley’s levels        5
  With the winding willowed stream,
Cried, ‘Depart, night’s mists and shadows;
  Open-flowered, we love to dream!’
 
Then in his canoe a stranger
  Passing onward heard a cry;        10
Thought it called his name and answered,
  But the voice would not reply;
Waited listening, while the glory
  Rose to search each steep ravine,
Till the shadowed terraced ridges        15
  Like the level vale were green.
 
Strange as when on Space the voices
  Of the stars’ hosannahs fell,
To this wilderness of beauty
  Seemed his call ‘Qu’Appelle? Qu’Appelle?’        20
For a day he tarried, hearkening,
  Wondering, as he went his way,
Whose the voice that gladly called him
  With the merry tones of day.
 
Was it God, who gave dumb Nature        25
  Voice and words to shout to one
Who, a pioneer, came, sunlike,
  Down the pathways of the sun?
Harbinger of thronging thousands,
  Bringing plain, and vale, and wood,        30
Things the best and last created,
  Human hearts and brotherhood!
 
 
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