The Maple Leaf forever

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"The Maple Leaf Forever" was the de facto national anthem of Canada from the year of Confederation (1867) to 1962, when "O Canada" was adopted as the national anthem. It was written by Alexander Muir in 1867, allegedly after being inspired by a maple tree, after returning home after defeating the Americans at Lundy's Lane.


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, joined 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 our Queen and Heaven bless The Maple Leaf forever!

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!"


Our fair Dominion now extends From Cape Race to Nootka Sound; May peace forever 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!


On merry England's far famed land May kind heaven sweetly smile, God bless old Scotland evermore and Ireland's Em'rald Isle! And swell the song both loud and long Till rocks and forest quiver! God save our Queen and Heaven bless The Maple Leaf forever!