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The Maple Leaf Forever

In days of yore, from Britain's shore

Author: Alexander Muir
Tune: [In days of yore, from Britain's shore]
Published in 14 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 In days of yore, from Britain’s shore,
Wolfe, the dauntless hero came,
And planted firm Britannia’s flag,
On Canada’s fair domain.
Here may it wave, our boast, our pride,
And join in love together!
The Thistle, Shamrock, Rose, entwine,
The Maple Leaf forever!

Chorus:
The Maple Leaf, our emblem dear,
The Maple Leaf forever!
God save the King, and Heaven bless
The Maple Leaf forever!

2 At Queenston Heights and Lundy’s Lane
Our brave fathers, side by side
For freedom, homes, and loved ones dear
Firmly stood and nobly died;
And those dear rights which they maintained
We swear to yield them never!
Our watchword evermore shall be
The Maple Leaf forever! [Chorus]

3 Our fair Dominion now extends
From Cape Race to Nootka Sound;
May peace for ever be our lot,
And plenteous store abound;
And may those ties of love be ours
Which discord cannot sever,
And flourish green o’er Freedom’s home
The Maple Leaf forever! [Chorus]

4 On merry England’s far-famed land
May kind Heaven sweetly smile;
God bless old Scotland ever more,
And Ireland’s Em'rald Isle!
Then swell the song, both loud and long,
Till rocks and forest quiver,
God save our King and Heaven bless
The Maple Leaf forever! [Chorus]

Source: Concordia: a collection of hymns and spiritual songs #237

Author: Alexander Muir

Muir, Alexander. (fl.1867) Wrote and published "The Maple Leaf Forever" in 1867, just after Confederation, before Canada had taken in any territory where maple trees will not grow. He was principal of an elementary school in Toronto, Ontario, which was later renamed in his honor. --Hugh D. McKellar, DNAH Archives Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: In days of yore, from Britain's shore
Title: The Maple Leaf Forever
Author: Alexander Muir
Refrain First Line: The maple leaf, our emblem dear

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Media

The Cyber Hymnal #4164
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