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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
Guard of the Eastern Gate
By Emily Pauline Johnson (1861–1913)
HALIFAX sits on her hills by the sea
    In the might of her pride,—
Invincible, terrible, beautiful, she
    With a sword at her side.
To right and to left of her, battlements rear        5
    And fortresses frown;
While she sits on her throne without favour or fear,
    With her cannon as crown.
Coast-guard and sentinel, watch of the weal
    Of a nation she keeps;        10
But her hand is encased in a gauntlet of steel,
    And her thunder but sleeps.

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