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Happy Dominion Day, fellow Canadians!

01 Jul

This version of the Canadian Red Ensign was Canada’s unofficial flag from 1957-1965.


(Yes, I realize it’s been called ‘Canada Day‘ for years now, but I don’t care.  It should still be ‘Dominion Day‘; our flag should be the Canadian Red Ensign, and our (at least English Canadians‘) national anthem should always be ‘The Maple Leaf Forever‘, written by Alexander Muir.  As a patriotic reactionary, these are my symbols.)

Here’s the best version of The Maple Leaf Forever I’ve been able to find online; it omits the second verse, alas; I’ve reprinted the full lyrics below.

 

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!

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!

The Maple Leaf, our emblem dear,

The Maple Leaf forever!

God save our Queen, and Heaven bless,

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!

The Maple Leaf, our emblem dear,

The Maple Leaf forever!

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!

Then swell the song both loud and long

Till rocks and forest quiver!

God save our King and Heaven bless

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!

An older, and Blue, version of the Canadian Ensign.

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20 Comments

Posted by on July 1, 2012 in Canada, music

 

20 responses to “Happy Dominion Day, fellow Canadians!

  1. Gerry T. Neal

    July 1, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Happy Dominion Day Will S.! God save the Queen!

     
  2. Will S.

    July 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Hear, hear, Gerry! Same to you! 🙂

     
  3. Free Northerner

    July 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Happy Dominion Day to you.

     
  4. Will S.

    July 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Hope you had a good one too, Free Northerner.

     
  5. Free Northerner

    July 2, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Oh, I did, I went to a friends house in the country and we went waterskiing and tubing. It’s been years since I’ve don that. There were also some great fireworks. Good times.

     
  6. Will S.

    July 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    On June 30, I got together with some friends at the one guys’ parents house / cottage on a small lake; we swam in the lake, had BBQ, plenty of beer, and later lit off fireworks; yesterday evening, I got together with them again at the one couple’s house, and we played games, watched movies, and drank some more. All good. 🙂

     
  7. The Man Who Was . . .

    July 6, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Though I somewhat sympathize, symbols like this are long gone, so I’m not sure there is much point in reviving them. No one even remembers them.

    But the English Canadian nation remains and has a reality which is well worth fighting for.

     
  8. Will S.

    July 6, 2012 at 8:06 am

    We trads remember them, and what they stand for, Thursday; surely that’s enough.

    If the English Canadian nation remains, what are its symbols, other than these? (Other than Timmy’s and Coach’s Corner.)

     
  9. crusader

    February 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    For those stopping here, take note that there is a Facebook and YouTube campaign to restore the Red Ensign:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Restore-the-Canadian-Red-Ensign/271199552894294

     
  10. Will S.

    February 27, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    @ Crusader: Much as I would like to see that, it’s not going to happen. At least, not by an FB / YT campaign… I admire your spirit, though. Good on ya.

     
  11. crusader

    February 27, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    There could have been a better spokesman, but his interest is certainly a good sign. Despite the continuing erasure of Anglo heritage in Canada, I think it is a good idea to give the Red Ensign more attention in traditionalist circles, and that can start with spreading the word around among the choir. I, for one, did not know much of anything about the history of the Canadian flag (I am a mainly English-descended American) until I saw his video and some other materials a week ago.

    Nonetheless, I have heard of Facebook campaigns and petitions that garnered only a few hundred signatures, yet made the news due to their controversial nature. Even if we oughtn’t to expect as much, once we make clear that this is our flag, our position as traditionalist patriots will be all that much stronger and more integral.

     
  12. Will S.

    February 27, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I haven’t actually watched the video yet; I will take a look. Just read your blog post on the subject.

     
  13. Will S.

    June 30, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Happy Canada Day 2013, all!

     
  14. Keir

    June 5, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Check out my classroom which pays homage to the Canadian red ensign: http://imperialflags.blogspot.com

     
  15. Will S.

    June 5, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Neat.

     
  16. Will S.

    July 1, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Reblogged this on Will S.' Sunny Side Blog.

     

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