by Mark Sirett

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This is a stirring anthem for proud Canadians. “Awake, my country, the hour is great with change!”


Awake, my country, the hour is great with change!
Under this gloom which yet obscures the land,
From ice-blue strait and stern Laurentian range
From peaks, our western bounds command

A deep voice stirs, vibrating in our ears
As if their own hearts throbbed that thundered forth a sound
Wherein who hearkens wisely hears the voice
The voice of the desire
the desire of this strong North, True North

The True North whose heart of fire
yet knows not its own desire
Clearly, but dreams, and murmurs in the dream
And lo, the hour of dreams is done
Lo, on the hill, the hills, the gleam! 

Awake, my country, the hour of dreams is done!
Doubt not, nor dread the greatness of thy fate.
Tho’ faint souls fear the keen confronting sun,
And fain would bid the morn of splendor wait

Though dreamers, rapt in starry visions, 
Cry “Lo thy future, thy faith, thy fame!”
And stretch vain hands to stars, thy fame is nigh
Here in hearth, here is home, here is  name

Here in hearth, here is home, here is  name

What fields of peace, so well secured
What vales of plenty calm floods supply
Shall not our love, our love this rough sweet land make sure
Her bounds preserve, Her bounds preserve, although we die.

O strong hearts, hearts of the North,
Let flame your loyalty forth,
Till earth shall know the True, True North,
the Child of Nations, True North by name, True North by name,
by name, 
True North.

poetry: Charles G.D. Roberts




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