The Maple Leaf Forever

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The Maple Leaf Forever  (1867) 
by Alexander Muir
A 1867 song celebrating Canadian confederation, and the regimental march of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and The Royal Westminster Regiment.

Excerpted from The Maple Leaf Forever on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

First verse[edit]

In days of yore from Britain's shore
Wolfe, the dauntless hero, came
And planted firm Britannia's flag
On Canada's fair domain.
Here may it wave, our boast, our pride,
And, joined in love together,
The Thistle, Shamrock, Rose entwine
The Maple Leaf forever.

Chorus[edit]

The Maple Leaf, our emblem dear,
The Maple Leaf forever!
God save our Queen and Heaven bless,
The Maple Leaf forever!

Second verse[edit]

At Queenston Heights and Lundy's Lane
Our brave fathers, side by side,
For freedom, homes, and loved ones dear
Firmly stood and nobly died.
And those dear rights which they maintained,
We swear to yield them never!
Our watchword evermore shall be
The Maple Leaf forever!

Chorus[edit]

Third verse[edit]

Our fair Dominion now extends
From Cape Race to Nootka Sound;
May peace forever be our lot,
And plenteous store abound:
And may those ties of love be ours,
Which discord cannot sever,
And flourish green o'er Freedom's home
The Maple Leaf forever.

Chorus[edit]

Fourth verse[edit]

On merry England's far-famed land
May kind Heaven sweetly smile;
God bless old Scotland evermore
And Ireland's Emerald Isle.
Then swell the song both loud and long,
Till rocks and forest quiver;
"God save our Queen and Heaven bless
The Maple Leaf forever!"

Chorus[edit]

This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.