(4 November 1872 - 1934 / Scotia, Lake Erie, Ontario)


Quebec, the grey old city on the hill,
Lies with a golden glory on her head,
Dreaming throughout this hour so fair-so still-
Of other days and all her mighty dead.
The white doves perch upon the cannons grim,
The flowers bloom where once did run a tide
Of crimson, when the moon rose pale and dim
Above the battlefield so grim and wide.
Methinks within her wakes a mighty glow
Of pride, of tenderness-her stirring past-
The strife, the valour, of the long ago
Feels at her heartstrings. Strong, and tall, and vast,
She lies, touched with the sunset's golden grace,
A wondrous softness on her grey old face.

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