Scripture Verse

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34


R. Stanley Weir

Words: Adolphe-Ba­sile Rou­thi­er, 1880. Trans­lated from French to Eng­lish by R. Stan­ley Weir, 1908. In 1968, a joint com­mit­tee of the Ca­na­di­an Se­nate and House of Com­mons amend­ed Weir’s text to in­clude the words, God keep our land. On Ju­ly 1, 1980, Gov­er­nor Ge­ne­ral Ed­ward Schrey­er pro­claimed the Act re­cog­niz­ing this as the of­fi­cial na­tion­al an­them of Ca­na­da.

Music: O Ca­na­da Ca­lix­a La­val­lée, 1880. Har­mo­ny ed­it­ed by Will­iam S. Ding­man (🔊 pdf nwc).

Calixa Lavallée


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.

O Canada! Where pines and maples grow,
Great prairies spread and lordly rivers flow,
How dear to us thy broad domain,
From East to Western Sea,
Thou land of hope for all who toil!
Thou True North, strong and free!


O Canada! Beneath thy shining skies
May stalwart sons and gentle maidens rise,
To keep thee steadfast through the years
From East to Western Sea,
Our own beloved native land!
Our True North, strong and free!


Ruler Supreme, who hearest humble prayer,
Hold our dominion in Thy loving care;
Help us to find, O God, in Thee
A lasting, rich reward,
As, waiting for the better day,
We ever stand on guard.