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The Maple Leaf Forever

by Alexander Muir

Mr. Muir wrote this patriotic song in 1867, the year of Canada's Confederation.  It served as the unofficial Canadian anthem for many years before O Canada became the official anthem.

A version with alternate lyrics was written by Vladimir Radian  in 1997 and was sung most recently at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics by Michael Buble.

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 and pride
And, joined in love together,
The thistle, shamrock, rose entwine
The Maple Leaf forever!

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!


    Song:  The Maple Leaf Forever

Poem poster/coloring page
(color)   or   (B&W)


Midi sequence from
The Great Canadian Tunebook.


 Sheet Music


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