Canadian National Anthem

Most Canadians are unaware that, when singing Canada’s national anthem today, they are singing an abbreviated version of the original song. Our national anthem was written as a poem by Robert Stanley Weir in 1908. With the exception of the phrase God keep our land glorious and free, which was added in 1980, it read:

O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command;
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The true North, strong and free
From far and wide, O Canada
We stand on guard, for thee.
God keep our land,
Glorious and free,
O Canada, we stand guard for thee.
O Canada! Where pines and maples grow,
Great prairies spread and lordly rivers flow,
How dear to us thy broad domain,
From East to Western sea,
Thou land of hope for all who toil!
Thou true North, strong and free!
Canada! Beneath thy shining skies,
May stalwart sons and gentle maidens rise,
To keep thee steadfast through the years
From East to Western sea,
Our own beloved native land!
Our true North, strong and free!
Ruler Supreme, who hearest humble prayer,
Hold our Dominion in Thy loving care,
Help us to find, O God, in Thee,
A lasting, rich reward,
As waiting for the better day
We ever stand on guard.

Taken from Stand on Guard

Reference :

Kryskow, Faytene C. Stand On Guard : A Prophetic Call & Research On The Righteous Foundations of Canada.
Vancouver: Credo Publishing, 2005, page 196.

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