The Maple Leaf, but not forever
July 20, 2013 6:53 AM Subscribe
posted by ricochet biscuit (43 comments total)
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Before the 1980 Act of Parliament
which made O Canada
the national anthem of Canada, the anthem was functionally God Save the Queen
, but there was another patriotic song which served as the unofficial anthem: The Maple Leaf Forever
. The song was written
by poet Alexander Muir
in October of 1867 to celebrate the confederation of Canada in July of that year and was famously inspired by a silver maple which stood in his front yard
on Laing St in Toronto. Last night's storms brought the tree down
, after a century and a half.
The song's lyrics have been modified
many times; Muir's original version invoked only the British contribution to the founding of Canada, making no reference to the French, let alone the First Nations or any of the subsequent arrivals.