CANADIAN BALLADS,

AND

OCCASIONAL VERSES.

By Thomas D’Arcy McGee


 

ARM AND RISE.



I.


Arm and Rise! no more repining,
See, the glorious sun is shining—
       What a world that sun beholds!
White ships glancing o’er the ocean,
All Earth’s tides, too, in swift motion,
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       Pouring onward to their goals.


II.
 


’Tis no life for sighing, dreaming,
Read the riddle—full of meaning—
       Written on your own broad palm;
For this needs no gipsey guesses,

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Here the line that curses, blesses—
       Say, I shall be—say I am!


III.
 


You have borne the parting trial,
Dare the rest; let no denial
       Daunt your hope at Fortune’s door;

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See, a new world waits your wooing,
Courage is the soul of sueing—
       All things yield the brave before. [Page 44]


IV.
 


One tear to the recollections
Of our happy young affections,

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       One prayer for the ancestral dead,
Then right on; the sun is shining,
Nor more doubting or repining,
       Firms the path on which we tread.


V.
 
In the forest stands the Castle,
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Silent, gloomy, bell nor wassail
       Echoes through its sable halls;
Night and chaos guard its portals,
They shall bow even to us, mortals,
       Strike! and down their standard falls.

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VI.
 


On the round Canadian cedars
Legends high await but readers,
       From the oaks charm’d shields depen;
Strike! thou true and only champion,
Lord of the first land you camp on!

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       Strike! and win your crown, my Friend! [Page 45]


VII.
 


Crowns—aye, golden, jewelled, glorious—
Hang, in reach, before and o’er us:
       Sovereign manhood’s lawful prize—
He, who bears a Founder’s spirit

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To the forest shall inherit
       All its rights and royalties. [Page 46]