MEMORIES OF CANADA AND SCOTLAND
MEMORIES OF CANADA AND SCOTLAND
JOHN DOUGLAS SUTHERLAND CAMPBELL
_SPEECHES AND VERSES_
BY THE RIGHT HON. THE MARQUIS OF LORNE
K.T. G.C.M.G. &C.
DEDICATED WITH RESPECT AND AFFECTION TO
THE MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CANADA
_VERSES ON CANADIAN SUBJECTS._
PROLOGUE--GOVERNMENT HOUSE MARCH 1879
CANADIAN NATIONAL HYMN
CANADIAN RIVER RHYMES
THE CANADIAN ROBIN
MILICETE LEGEND OF THE RIVER ST. JOHN
THE GUIDE OF THE MOHAWKS
THE STRONG HUNTER
THE ORIGIN OF THE INDIAN CORN
THE ISLES OF HURON
THE MYSTIC ISLE OF THE "LAND OF THE NORTH WIND"
THE SONG OF THE SIX SISTERS
THE PRAIRIE ROSES
THE "QU'APPELLE" VALLEY
SAN GABRIEL ON THE PACIFIC COAST
ON CHIEF MOUNTAIN
ON THE NEW PROVINCE "ALBERTA"
_VERSES CHIEFLY FROM HIGHLAND STORIES._
THE HARD STRAIT OF THE FEINNE
TOBERMORY BAY 1588
LOCH UISK ISLE OF MULL
THE LADY'S ROCK
THE POOL OF THE IRON SHIRT
AN ISLESMAN'S FAREWELL
PREFACE TO DIARMID'S STORY
GRINIE'S FLIGHT WITH DIARMID
THE DEATH OF THE BOAR
KING ARTHUR AND THE CAPTIVE MAIDEN
SEANN ORAN GAILIC
THE ARMADA GUN
THE IRISH EMIGRANT 1880
THE IRISH EMIGRANT 1883
SONNET ON THE DEATH OF LORD F. DOUGLAS
ON A FOREIGN WAR-SHIP'S SALUTE TO THE QUEEN'S STANDARD
_SPEECHES AND ADDRESSES._
FAREWELL ADDRESS AT INVERARAY
EMBARKING AT LIVERPOOL
REPLY TO THE LIVERPOOL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
TO THE MUNICIPALITY OF LONDONDERRY
AT MONTREAL--TO THE ST. ANDREWS SOCIETY
AT MONTREAL--REPLY TO THE CITIZENS' ADDRESS
AT OTTAWA--REPLY TO THE CITIZENS' ADDRESS
AT OTTAWA--DISTRIBUTION OF SCHOOL PRIZES
AT KINGSTON--ON RECEIVING THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF LAWS OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE
AT KINGSTON--TO THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE
AT KINGSTON--TO THE CADETS OF THE ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE
AT MONTREAL--REVIEW ON THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY 1879
AT MONTREAL--OPENING OF AN ART INSTITUTE
AT QUEBEC--REPLY TO ADDRESS OF THE CITY CORPORATION
AT QUEBEC--LAVAL UNIVERSITY
AT TORONTO--TORONTO CLUB DINNER
AT ST. JOHN N.B.
AT ST. JOHN N.B.--REPLY TO ADDRESS OF THE CITY CORPORATION
AT FREDERICTON--REPLY TO ADDRESS OF THE CITY CORPORATION
IN KINGS' COUNTY N.B.--REPLY TO ADDRESS OF THE MUNICIPALITY
AT TORONTO--REPLY TO ADDRESS OF THE CITY CORPORATION
AT BERLIN ONTARIO--REPLY TO ADDRESS OF THE GERMAN RESIDENTS
AT OTTAWA--EXHIBITION OF 1880
AT OTTAWA--EXHIBITION OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ART
AT QUEBEC--FESTIVAL OF ST. JEAN BAPTISTE
AT HAMILTON--OPENING OF PROVINCIAL FAIR
AT MONTREAL--OPENING OF PROVINCIAL FAIR
AT MONTREAL--LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THE REDPATH MUSEUM OF THE
AT CHAMBLY--UNVEILING THE STATUE OF COLONEL DE SALABERRY
AT ST. THOMAS--GATHERING OF HIGHLANDERS
AT WINNIPEG--IMPRESSIONS OF A TOUR IN THE NORTHWEST
AT WINNIPEG--SOCIETY OF ST. JEAN BAPTISTE OF MANITOBA
AT WINNIPEG--REPLY TO ADDRESS OF THE ARCHBISHOP OF ST. BONIFACE--MANITOBA
AT WINNIPEG--REPLY TO ADDRESS OF THE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT OF MANITOBA
AT FORT SHAW MONTANA--FAREWELL TO THE NORTHWEST MOUNTED POLICE
AT OTTAWA--INCEPTION OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CANADA
AT SAN FRANCISCO CAL--REPLY TO ADDRESS OF THE BRITISH RESIDENTS
AT VICTORIA B.C.--SPEECH AT A PUBLIC DINNER
AT OTTAWA--MEETING OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION
AT OTTAWA--SECOND MEETING OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CANADA
AT TORONTO--REPLY TO ADDRESSES OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY AND OF THE ONTARIO
SOCIETY OF ARTISTS
AT OTTAWA--FAREWELL ADDRESS OF THE PARLIAMENT OF CANADA
EXTRACT FROM THE SPEECH FROM THE THRONE
AT TORONTO--EXHIBITION OF ARTS AND MANUFACTURES
AT TORONTO--REPLY TO ADDRESS AT THE QUEEN'S PARK
AT OTTAWA--REPLY TO ADDRESS OF THE CITY CORPORATION
AT MONTREAL--REPLY TO ADDRESS OF THE CITY CORPORATION
AT QUEBEC--REPLY OCT. 20TH 1883 TO ADDRESS OF THE CITY CORPORATION
VERSES ON CANADIAN SUBJECTS.
"Are hearts here strong enough to found
A glorious people's sway?"
Ask of our rivers as they bound
From hill to plain or ocean-sound
If they are strong to-day?
If weakness in their floods be found
Then may ye answer "Nay!"
"Is union yours? may foeman's might
Your love ne'er break or chain?"
Go see if o'er our land the flight
Of Spring be stayed by blast or blight;
If Fall bring never grain;
If Summer suns deny their light
Then may our hope be vain!
"Yet far too cramped the narrow space
Your country's rule can own?"
Ah! travel all its bounds and trace
Each Alp unto its fertile base
Our realm of forests lone
Our world of prairie like the face
Of ocean hardly known!
"Yet for the arts to find a shrine
Too rough I ween and rude?"
Yea if you find no flower divine
With prairie grass or hardy pine.
No lilies with the wood
Or on the water-meadows' line
No purple Iris' flood!
"You deem a nation here shall stand
United great and free?"
Yes see how Liberty's own hand
With ours the continent hath spanned
Strong-arched from sea to sea:
Our Canada's her chosen land
Her roof and crown to be!
O fortress city bathed by streams
Majestic as thy memories great
Where mountains floods and forests mate
The grandeur of the glorious dreams
Born of the hero hearts who died
In founding here an Empire's pride;
Prosperity attend thy fate
And happiness in thee abide
Pair Canada's strong tower and gate!
May Envy that against thy might
Dashed hostile hosts to surge and break
Bring Commerce emulous to make
Thy people share her fruitful fight
In filling argosies with store
Of grain and timber and each ore
And all a continent can shake
Into thy lap till more and more
Thy praise in distant worlds awake.
Who hath not known delight whose feet
Have paced thy streets or terrace way;
From rampart sod or bastion grey
Hath marked thy sea-like river greet.
The bright and peopled banks which shine
In front of the far mountain's line;
Thy glittering roofs below the play
Of currents where the ships entwine
Their spars or laden pass away?
As we who joyously once rode
Past guarded gates to trumpet sound
Along the devious ways that wound
O'er drawbridges through moats and showed
The vast St. Lawrence flowing belt
The Orleans Isle and sea-ward melt;
Then by old walls with cannon crowned
Down stair-like streets to where we felt
The salt winds blown o'er meadow ground.
Where flows the Charles past wharf and dock.
And Learning from Laval looks down
And quiet convents grace the town.
There swift to meet the battle shock
Montcalm rushed on; and eddying back
Red slaughter marked the bridge's track:
See now the shores with lumber brown
And girt with happy lands which lack
No loveliness of Summer's crown.
Quaint hamlet-alleys border-filled
With purple lilacs poplars tall
Where flits the yellow bird and fall
The deep eave shadows. There when tilled
The peasant's field or garden bed
He rests content if o'er his head
From silver spires the church-bells call
To gorgeous shrines and prayers that gild
The simple hopes and lives of all.
Winter is mocked by garbs of green
Worn by the copses flaked with snow--
White spikes and balls of bloom that blow
In hedgerows deep; and cattle seen
In meadows spangled thick with gold
And globes where lovers' fates are told
Around the red-doored houses low;
While rising o'er them fold on fold
The distant hills in azure glow.
Oft in the woods we long delayed
When hours were minutes all too brief
For Nature knew no sound of grief;
But overhead the breezes played
And in the dank grass at our knee
Shone pearls of our green forest sea
The star-white flowers of triple leaf
Which love around the brooks to be
Within the birch and maple shade.
At times we passed some fairy mere
Embosomed in the leafy screen
And streaked with tints of heaven's sheen
Where'er the water's surface clear
Bore not the hues of verdant light
From myriad boughs on mountain height
Or near the shadowed banks were seen
The sparkles that in circlets bright
Told where the fishes' feast had been.
And when afar the forests flushed
In falling swathes of fire there soared
Dark clouds where muttering thunder roared
And mounting vapours lurid rushed
While a metallic lustre flew
Upon the vivid verdure's hue
Before the blasts and rain forth poured
And slow o'er mighty landscapes drew
The grandest pageant of the Lord:
The threatening march of flashing cloud
With tumults of embattled air
Blest conflicts for the good they bear!
A century has God allowed
None other since the days He gave
Unequal fortune to the brave.
Comrades in death! you live to share
An equal honour for your grave
Bade Enmity take Love as heir!
We watched when gone day's quivering haze
The loops of plunging foam that beat
The rocks at Montmorenci's feet
Stab the deep gloom with moonlit rays;
Or from the fortress saw the streams
Sweep swiftly o'er the pillared beams;
White shone the roofs and anchored fleet
And grassy slopes where nod in dreams
Pale hosts of sleeping Marguerite.
Or when the dazzling Frost King mailed
Would clasp the wilful waterfall
Fast leaping to her snowy hall
She fled; and where her rainbows hailed
Her freedom painting all her home
We climbed her spray-built palace dome
Shot down the radiant glassy wall
Until we reached the snowdrift foam
As shoots to waves some meteor ball.
Then homeward hearing song or tale
With chime of harness bells we sped
Above the frozen river bed.
The city through a misty veil
Gleamed from her cape where sunset fire
Touched louvre and cathedral spire
Bathed ice and snow a rosy red
So beautiful that men's desire
For May-time's rival wonders fled:
What glories hath this gracious land
Fit home for many a hardy race;
Where liberty has broadest base
And labour honours every hand!
Throughout her triply thousand miles
The sun upon each season smiles
And every man has scope and space
And kindliness from strand to strand
Alone is born to right of place!
Such were our memories. May they yet
Be shared by others sent to be
Signs of the union of the free
And kindred peoples God hath set
O'er famous isles and fertile zones
Of continents! Or if new thrones
And mighty States arise may He
Whose potent hand yon river owns
Smooth their great future's shrouded Sea!
GOVERNMENT HOUSE _March_ 1879.
A moment's pause before we play our parts
To speak the thought that reigns within your hearts.--
Now from the Future's hours and unknown days
Affection turns and with the Past delays;
For countless voices in our mighty land