Friday, May 23

National Anthems...

I'm not sure how many people would agree with me, but I for one, love the Canadian national anthem. I believe it's an accurate representation of our culture and society. It's what an anthem should be. Short and to the point. Our anthem describes Canada and makes a promise on behalf of it's citizens.

On the other hand, I've never been a fan of the U.S. national anthem. Their national anthem is about winning a battle, or surviving a battle. It's like an action movie set to music.

I believe the two of these anthems demonstrate some major differences between two separate though similar nations. Canada's anthem is like an ode to our country, it describes our pride in the land, and makes a promise to 'stand on guard for thee'. The American anthem tells a story about how their country was founded through war and revolution. I believe over all Canada's anthem displays more patriotism than the American anthem, and I believe as a people Canadian's are more patriotic. We may not be the flag waving God bless our country patriots, but we're still patriotic. We're loyal to our country, we're not afraid to challenge the status quo and question a government who we feel doesn't have Canada's best interests at heart. We're not easily swayed in our views of right and wrong. In my opinion, that is true patriotism.

O' Canada

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.

(French)
O Canada! Terre de nos aïeux, Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux. Car ton bras sait porter l'épée, Il sait porter la croix. Ton histoire est une épopée, Des plus brillants exploits. Et ta valeur, de foi trempée, Protégera nos foyers et nos droits. Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

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The Star-Spangled Banner

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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