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Songs of the Makers of Canada
Laurier: Prophetic Imperialist


(Eighth Premier of the Dominion of Canada, 1836-191).)

O patriot Empire-builder who foresaw
The wide expanses of our opulent land
Grown populous, and forthwith nobly plann'd
A Canada imperial—No law
Save that which only lofty minds obey
Controlled thy deeds and kept thee unafraid
Before thine enemies till thou hadst laid
The sane foundations of our onward way.

What paeans from us can do thee honor now,
Since Time exalts thy golden prophecy
Of our great nationhood that is to be?
Lo, Sire, upon thy pure, high, vatic brow—
E'en tho thy Life's Sun, westering, declines,—
The Star of Statesmanship refulgent shines!


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