The Maple Leaf Forever, Canada's unofficial national anthem, was composed in 1867, the year of Confederation. Alexander Muir, a school principal wrote it as an entry to a patriotic poetry contest. It is said that Muir and a friend were out for a walk when a maple leaf fell onto Muir's coat sleeve, which inspired him a theme for his poem.

The Maple Leaf Forever.

By Alexander Muir

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 join in love together,

The thistle, shamrock, rose entwined,

The Maple Leaf Forever

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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's home and loved ones dear,

Firmly stood and nobly died.

And so their rights which they maintained,

We swear to yield them never.

Our watchword ever more shall be:

The Maple Leaf Forever!

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Our fair Dominion now extends

From Cape Race to Nootka Sound

May peace forever be our lot

And plenty a store abound

And may those ties of love be ours

Which discord cannot sever

And flourish green for freedom's home

The Maple Leaf Forever.

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