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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
By Jesse Edgar Middleton (1872–1960)
(Song for Dominion Day)

TOPPING the hill, the long white road
  Shimmers in Summer heat.
What shall I find beyond the rise?
Peace and plenty to glad mine eyes,
  Sorrow, or black Defeat?        5
All the way I have come, the grain
  Swayed in the languid air,
Clover blushed in a hundred meads,
Dew-drops shone like the diamond beads
  Fairies are wont to wear.        10
Even the rain on my well-browned face
  Came but to bless and cheer.
There were song-sparrows whistling gay
All along the celestial way.
  Roses were blooming near.        15
And far away on the snow-capped seas,
  Where the porpoise rolls and the petrel runs,
The Red Cross snaps in the mounting breeze
  From the low grey ships with the gleamimg guns,
So I journey on to the distant hill,        20
And never a foeman bars my will.
Over the rise the way is lost.
  Still can my spirit sing.
Over the rise on the road I fare
Are bobolinks in the sunlit air,        25
  And swallows upon the wing.
Peace and roses will joy my soul,
  And in the opal morn,
Still shall I see the elm-trees fair,
Still shall I see the Summer air        30
  Swaying the golden corn.
While far away by The Lizard light
  Where the gale-lashed billow in fury runs
The Red Cross snaps in the stormy night
  From the ghostly ships with the ghostly guns.        35
The white road over the distant hill
Is mine, for a peaceful journey still.

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