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Songs of the Makers of Canada
Foreword


These are the soul of thy renown,
The gems immortal in thy crown,
The suns that never shall go down!

ŚMcLachlan.

Nearly half a century ago the writer of an introductory essay to a collection of Canadian poems used these words: "A national literature is an essential element in the formation of national character. It is not merely the record of a country's mental progress; it is the expression of its intellectual life, the bond of national unity and the guide of national energy." What a marvelous change has been wrought since those words were written! What were then the disunited provinces of Canada are now parts of a mighty Confederation, a nationa1 spirit prevails where sectionalism then reigned, and to-day Canada stands before the world as a young giant. That the work of Canadian writers both in verse and prose has been a most important factor in the fostering of a national spirit, and that it will be more and more so, is indisputable.

And the words that Edmund Clarence Stedman used in reference to the literature of the United States are equally applicable to Canadian literature: "One who underrates the significance of our literature, prose or verse, as both the expression and the stimulant of national feeling is deficient in that critical insight which can judge even of its own day, unwarped by personal taste or deference to public impression."

Among Canadian writers of the present day Dr. J. D. Logan, through his scholarly attainments and his literary genius, deservedly holds a high place; and the present series of historical poems in celebration of the makers of Canada will undoubtedly enhance his reputation. The deeds of those who have helped to make Canada what it is to-day should be a source of pride and inspiration to all Canadians, and by enshrining them in the "form divine" of poetry Dr. Logan has rendered a patriotic service that is worthy of the highest commendation and that entitles him to the cordial appreciation of the public.

John Boyd
Editorial Offices,
The Gazette, Montreal,
November lo, 1911.


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