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Friday, June 24, 2005

O Canada

Our national anthem was sung for the first time on this date in 1880...but it was in French...and technically, it wasn't our national athem yet.
That didn't become official for another 100 years (and one week)...hmmm, that would have been my very first Canada Day.

This is an early English version done in 1906:
O Canada! Our fathers' land of old
Thy brow is crown'd with leaves of red and gold.
Beneath the shade of the Holy Cross
Thy children own their birth
No stains thy glorious annals gloss
Since valour shield thy hearth.
Almighty God! On thee we call
Defend our rights, forfend this nation's thrall,
Defend our rights, forfend this nation's thrall.


This was another English version:
O Canada! in praise of thee we sing;
From echoing hills our anthems proudly ring.
With fertile plains and mountains grand
With lakes and rivers clear,
Eternal beauty, thos dost stand
Throughout the changing year.
Lord God of Hosts! We now implore
Bless our dear land this day and evermore,
Bless our dear land this day and evermore.

And this, yet another:
O Canada, our heritage, our love
Thy worth we praise all other lands above.
From sea to see throughout their length
From Pole to borderland,
At Britain's side, whate'er betide
Unflinchingly we'll stand
With hearts we sing, "God save the King",
Guide then one Empire wide, do we implore,
And prosper Canada from shore to shore.

Who knew there were so many? At least they all started the same or else our anthem might not have the beautiful name it does today...


  • At 11:48 AM , Blogger Vicki said...

    Call me immature, but if we'd taken on that first anthem, I wouldn't be able to stop laughing whenever we get to "No stains thy glorious annals gloss."


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