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Songs of the Makers of Canada
Champlain: First Canadian


(Founded Quebec, 1608.)

Wise colonist who in this storied place.
With wisdom prescient of thy pregnant deed,
Cast forth the spar sate grains of fruitful need,
Whence sprang a virile and a patriot race:
Thy aims were not to found a merchantry
Enthralled by vulgar gain; but thy just mind,
Inspired with love of thy benighted kind,
Raised here the throne of Christian empery

Intrepid, constant, nobly pure and strong,
First citizen of Canada's domain,
Behold, this ancient city is thy fane
And thy compatriots raise thy name in song.
Look downward from thy lofty resting place
And mark the regnancy of thy just ways.


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