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CANADA



CANADA TO ENGLAND

 GREAT names of thy great captains gone before
 Beat with our blood who have that blood of thee:
 Raleigh and Grenville, Wolfe, and all the free
Fine souls who dared to front a world in war.
Such only may outreach the envious years
 Where feebler crowns and fainter stars remove,
 Nurtured in one remembrance and one love
Too high for passion and too stern for tears.


O little isle our fathers held for home,
 Not, not alone thy standards and thy hosts
  Lead where thy sons shall follow, Mother Land:
Quick as the north wind, ardent as the foam,
 Behold, behold the invulnerable ghosts
  Of all past greatnesses about thee stand.


LANGEMARCK

THIS is the ballad of Langemarck,
 A story of glory and might;
Of the vast Hun horde, and Canada's part
 In the great grim fight.


It was April fair on the Flanders Fields,
 But the dreadest April then
That ever the years, in their fateful flight,
 Had brought to this world of men.


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