Happy Canada Day!

Our Lady Of The Snows

    By Rudyard Kipling

 

    A nation spoke to a Nation,
A Queen sent word to a Throne:
“Daughter am I in my mother’s house,
But mistress in my own.
The gates are mine to open,
As the gates are mine to close,
And I set my house in order,”
Said our Lady of the Snows.

“Neither with laughter nor weeping,
Fear or the child’s amaze,
Soberly under the White Man’s law
My white men go their ways.
Not for the Gentiles’ clamour,
Insult or threat of blows,
Bow we the knee to Baal,”
Said our Lady of the Snows.

“My speech is clean and single,
I talk of common things,
Words of the wharf and the market-place
And the ware the merchant brings:
Favour to those I favour,
But a stumbling-block to my foes.
Many there be that hate us,”
Said our Lady of the Snows.

“I called my chiefs to council
In the din of a troubled year;
For the sake of a sign ye would not see,
And a word ye would not hear.
This is our message and answer;
This is the path we chose:
For we be also a people,”
Said our Lady of the Snows.

“Carry the word to my sisters,
To the Queens of the East and the South.
I have proven faith in the Heritage
By more than the word of the mouth.
They that are wise may follow
Ere the world’s war-trumpet blows,,
But I, I am first in the battle,”
Said our Lady of the Snows.

A Nation spoke to a Nation
A Throne sent word to a Throne:
“Daughter am I in my mother’s house
But mistress in my own.
The gates are mine to open,
As the gates are mine to close,
And I abide by my Mother’s House,”
Said our Lady of the Snows.

We Yanks tend to forget that Canada has fought in all the wars of the 20th Century, as well as standing by Britain during the Boer War and a few other events.

A very happy and proud Canada Day to all my Canadian readers!

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3 thoughts on “Happy Canada Day!

  1. Off Topic, but didn’t I hear sometime about another story including “Ivan the Purrable”? [Pleading Smile]

    • Yes. It is a novella that I need to let simmer, edit and then I’ll release either at the end of July or in early August. “Ivan the Purrable and the Twelve Dancing Princesses.” Or “Why you should always answer the phone when the cat texts. He texts for thee.”

      • Thank you.

        I’m about to throw more money at Amazon but I didn’t see that one. 😉

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