O Canada, Thou Land of Diversity


O Canada
Is any nation on earth
as blessed as thee in thy diversity?
From rugged mountains that kiss the heavens
to nearly flat plains where you can see
for almost forever
to majestic shield, where one lake ends
only to begin the next
to arctic tundra
where caribou and polar bears play

O Canada
Where the two official languages
are only part of the many tongues
spoken by the various
ethnicities that bless our land

O Canada
where even the national anthem
tells different tales
depending on which language
in which it is sung

O Canada, My home and native land:
Diversity has made thee beautiful


at dVerse, we have been asked to write poetry about or inspired by the nation that we call home. As I thought about the national anthem of my country, Canada, I was struck by the fact that, since we have two official languages, there are two sets of lyrics for our national anthem (although sung to the same melody). This caused me to think of some of the other ways in which this nation shows diversity. Following, you will find the lyrics to O Canada in English, French, and an English translation of the French.


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! 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.

French (English Translation):

O Canada! Land of our forefathers
Thy brow is wreathed with a glorious garland of flowers.
As in thy arm ready to wield the sword,
So also is it ready to carry the cross.
Thy history is an epic of the most brilliant exploits.

Thy valour steeped in faith
Will protect our homes and our rights
Will protect our homes and our rights.


13 thoughts on “O Canada, Thou Land of Diversity

  1. Interesting point on how when sang in different languages
    that it means different things. Probably the only anthem
    I know beyond my own.

  2. We Americans do not have the insights of that level of cultural & national diversity. In the 50’s, they used to talk about the US annexing Canada, to create the United States of North America; absurd, for sure, but still intriguing.

  3. smiles.. you know what – switzerland has 4 official languages – ha – but def. not the variety in landscape and the width… would love to visit canada one day

  4. Well done. The way you gave the two languages and how the anthem translates from one to the other. The few times I have visited in Canada, I have enjoyed it and noted all of the diversity. Oh, and Canada has Tim Horton’s!!! 🙂

  5. It has always seemed to me, from afar, such an interesting country which I’d love to explore – but as that is unlikely, I am glad to read about it.

    • PS Couldn’t get linky right; mine is here: ttp://passionatecrone.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/who-come-waltzing-matilda-with-me.html

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