Dominion Day

Binks is a mutt: 1/2 first-generation Canadian on one side, and Scots/ English/ Dutch on the other. All sides of this elf are proudly Canuckistani on this day, the octave day of St. John The Baptist,– even though St. Joseph is the patron saint of Canada & the new world.

The following is the original 1908 poem by Stanley Weir from which our current anthem is abstracted.

“O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love thou dost in us command.
We see thee rising fair, dear land,
The True North, strong and free;
And stand on guard, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.

Refrain
O Canada! O Canada!
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.

O Canada! Where pines and maples grow.
Great prairies spread and lordly rivers flow.
How dear to us thy broad domain,
From East to Western Sea,
Thou land of hope for all who toil!
Thou True North, strong and free!

Refrain
O Canada! O Canada! etc.

O Canada! Beneath thy shining skies
May stalwart sons and gentle maidens rise,
To keep thee steadfast through the years
From East to Western Sea,
Our own beloved native land!
Our True North, strong and free!

Refrain
O Canada! O Canada! etc.

Ruler supreme, who hearest humble prayer,
Hold our dominion within thy loving care;
Help us to find, O God, in thee
A lasting, rich reward,
As waiting for the Better Day,
We ever stand on guard.

Refrain
O Canada! O Canada! etc.”

The French version is a little more kick-butt:

O Canada! Land of our forefathers
Thy brow is wreathed with a glorious garland of flowers.
As in thy arm ready to wield the sword,
So also is it ready to carry the cross.
Thy history is an epic of the most brilliant exploits.

Ch.
Thy valour steeped in faith
Will protect our homes and our rights
Will protect our homes and our rights.

Happy Dominion Day, fellow Canuckis– and Happy Canada day to those of you who don’t know any better about how that goofy new name was forced on us all by a tiny vote in an under-attended session of Parliament.

May St. John The Baptist, all the apostles, saints and martyrs pray for us that God may bless and keep us strong, true, and free.

Binks

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6 thoughts on “Dominion Day

  1. Love the site! I try and make a point to get people back to Dominion Day, but its an uphill climb.

    I always thought Saint Joseph was the Patron Saint of Canada?

  2. When are you going to start exposing the most unjust, brutal, repulsive gang of government bullies and cowards ever known? I refer of course to the child protectors – on the west coast known as MCFD, and on the east coast known as Children’s Aid Society. You need to start educating yourself, Mark Steyn, as these creatures are committing crimes far worse than any you complain of here or elsewhere, and NO ONE is making them accountable. Quit acting as if you are so cutting edge in terms of government bullies when you’ve never even written a sentence about these thugs!

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