Wednesday, June 30

O Canada!

Tomorrow is Canada Day.  As I type, I can see some fireworks shooting up from a backyard nearby.  Some like to celebrate early, I guess.  
We're pretty blessed to live in Canada.  I am so thankful for universal healthcare, maternity benefits for a full year, and the relative peace that we are able to live in, to name just a few.  

Did you know that there are more verses to our national anthem than the one we usually sing?  They're pretty beautiful.  I thought I'd share:

the formatting is a little wonky...I wasn't feeling like messing with it.

O Canada!
Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free! From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. God keep our land glorious and free!  O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.  O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. Lord of the lands, beneath Thy bending skies, On field and flood, where’er our banner flies, Thy people lift their hearts to Thee, Their grateful voices raise: May our dominion ever be A temple to Thy praise. Thy will alone let all enthrone:
Lord of the lands, make Canada Thine own:
Lord of the lands, make Canada Thine own! Almighty Love, by Thy mysterious power,
In wisdom guide, with faith and freedom dower;
Be ours a nation evermore
That no oppression blights,
Where justice rules from shore to shore,
From lakes to northern lights.
May love alone for wrong atone;
Lord of the worlds, with strong eternal hand,
Hold us in honor, truth and self-command;
The loyal heart, the constant mind,
The courage to be true,
Our wide extending empire bind,
And all the earth renew.
Thy Name be known through every zone;

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