Friday, June 23, 2006

O Canada

In June 24, 1880, took place the first performance of "O Canada" with its original French lyrics by Sir Adolphe Basile Routhier. The English version of this song, written in 1908 by Robert Stanley Weir, would become Canada's national anthem on July 1, 1980, a hundred years after it was first sung. It's quite a simple but powerful song that invites to join a nationalist feeling for Canada; for the people who don't know it's lyrics, I write the English version down for you:

O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,

The True North strong and free!

From far and wide, O Canada,

We stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!

Maybe you'd be as surprised as me when you hear that this anthem has been criticized by some individuals, because they consider it "sexist". They propose that, instead of singing the part that reads "in all thy sons command", it would be better to change it for "in all of us command" or "in all thy children command" (although the latter proposal doesn't rhyme at all). Also, some people don't agree with the mention of God in the anthem.
However, I consider it a beautiful anthem, that describes the patriotic feelings of a country, with little words and lots of emotion.
Long life to Canada!!


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