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Canadian Poetry from the Beginnings Through the First World War


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Publisher Comments:

This is the only anthology to present a full history of Canadian poetry — from the early 1600s through the expansiveness of poetic activity during the 18th and 19th centuries and into the flourishing first decades of the 20th century. The editors have compiled works from over 50 poets, including the verse of Isabella Valancy Crawford, Bliss Carman, Archibald Lampman and Duncan Campbell Scott, and several long narrative poems, including Oliver Goldsmith's "The Rising Village" and Crawford's "Malcolm's Katie."

About the Author

CAROLE GERSON is a professor of English at Simon Fraser University.

GWENDOLYN DAVIES is Dean Emerita of Graduate Studies at the University of New Brunswick.

Table of Contents

Part One: Foundations

Robert Hayman (1575–1629)

from Quodlibets


Henry Kelsey (1667?–1724)

rhymed prologue to his Journals


Donncha Rua Mac Conmara (c. 1716–1810)

Donncha Rua i dTalamh an Éisc


Anonymous (1745)

Nathaniel’s Tilt


Anonymous (1750)

Nova Scotia. A New Ballad


Joseph Stansbury (1740–1809)

To Cordelia


Deborah How Cottnam (“Portia”) (1728–1806)

On Being Asked What Recollection Was

A piece for a Sampler


Henry Alline (1748–1784)

from Hymns and Spiritual Songs

Book I, Hymn LII: The conduct of most sailors

Book III, Hymn VI: Sion comforted, or religion reviving


Jacob Bailey (1731–1808)

[Verse Against the New Lights]


Anne Hecht (fl. 1786)

Advice to Mrs. Mowat


Roger Viets (1738–1811)



Jonathan Odell (1737–1818)

Our thirty-ninth Wedding day

The Comet of 1811

The Battle of Queen’s Town, Upper Canada


Griselda Tonge (c. 1803–1825)

To My Dear Grandmother, on her 80th Birth Day


Oliver Goldsmith (1794–1861)

The Rising Village


Anonymous (1829)

Canadian Boat-Song


Anonymous (1838)

The Fight at Montgomery’s


M. Ethelind Sawtell (fl. 1840–1851)

Achievements of a Volunteer Corps

The Indian’s Refusal


Douglas Huyghue (“Eugene”) (1816–1891)

The Miner’s Tale


George William Gillespie (d. 1847)

The Canadian Dominie’s Lament

Lines on Canada

Canadian Woodsman’s Farewell to His Log House


George Copway (Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh) (1818–1869)

[Once More I See My Fathers’ Land]

[War Song] (1847)

[War Song] (1850)


Charles Sangster (1822–1893)

On Queenston Heights

from Sonnets, Written in the Orillia Woods

Midnight Sonnet 1874–’75


Alexander Mclachlan (1818–1896)

We Live in a Rickety House

The Anglo-Saxon

Young Canada Or Jack’s as Good as His Master

The Man Who Rose From Nothing

Cartha Again


Pamelia Vining Yule (1826–1897)

The Beech-Nut Gatherer

The Drunkard’s Child


Rosanna Eleanor Mullins Leprohon (1829–1879)

Husband and Wife

Given and Taken


Charles Heavysege (1816–1876)

sonnets from Jephtha’s Daughter


James Anderson (1842–1923)

The Prospector’s Shanty

Song of the Mine


John Arthur Phillips (1842–1907)

The Factory Girl


Anonymous (1873)

A Popular Creed


James Mcintyre (1827–1906)

Ode on the Mammoth Cheese


Agnes Maule Machar (“Fidelis”) (1837–1927)

Quebec to Ontario: A Plea for the Life of Riel, September, 1885


Our Lads to the Front!


Charles Mair (1838–1927)

“The Song” from “The Last Bison”



Part Two: Continuations

Isabella Valancy Crawford (1850–1887)

“Love Me, Love My Dog”


Love’s Forget-Me-Not

The Dark Stag

The Canoe

The Hidden Room

Malcolm’s Katie: A Love Story


William Wilfred Campbell (1860?–1918)

Indian Summer

The Winter Lakes

August Evening on the Beach, Lake Huron

How Spring Came (To the Lake Region)

On the Ledge

The Dread Voyage

Morning on the Shore

At Even

The Lazarus of Empire

Bereavement of the Fields


Charles G.D. Roberts (1860–1943)

To Fredericton in May-Time

Tantramar Revisited

The Poet Is Bidden to Manhattan Island

An Ode for the Canadian Confederacy

The Potato Harvest


The Mowing

The Flight of the Geese

The Winter Fields

The Pea-Fields

The Salt Flats

Ave! (An Ode for the Shelley Centenary, 1892)

The Herring Weir

In an Old Barn

In a City Room

The Fear of Love

The Skater

Heat in the City

Philander’s Song

Going Over

The Iceberg

As Down the Woodland Ways


Bliss Carman (1861–1929)

Low Tide on Avon

Low Tide on Grand Pré

A Windflower

The Eavesdropper

A Sea Child

The Ships of St. John

Noons of Poppy

A Vagabond Song

The Lanterns of St. Eulalie

from Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics

Before the Snow

The Ghost-yard of the Goldenrod

Wild Geese

The Winter Scene

May in the Selkirks


Archibald Lampman (1862–1899)

Love Doubt [The Growth of Love I]

For my Darling [The Growth of Love II]

Among the Timothy

Morning on the Lièvre

The Railway Station

In November [sonnet]


A Night of Storm


Winter Evening

A January Morning


In November

Across the Pea-Fields

A Sunset on the Lower St. Lawrence [A Sunset at Les Eboulements]

To a Millionaire

The City of the End of Things

White Pansies

On Lake Temiscamingue

from A Portrait in Six Sonnets

In the Wilds

Winter Uplands


Duncan Campbell Scott (1862–1947)


At the Cedars

The Onondaga Madonna


Night Hymns on Lake Nipigon

The Forsaken

Dulse Gathering

The Wood Peewee

The Height of Land

The Closed Door

To a Canadian Aviator Who Died for His Country in France

En Route

At Gull Lake: August, 1810

Chiostro Verde


Sophia Almon Hensley (1866–1946)

Rondeau – When Summer Comes

Slack Tide



Somewhere in France


Susan Frances Harrison (“Seranus”) (1859–1935)



Les Chantiers


Niagara in Winter


Pauline Johnson (1861–1913)


The Song My Paddle Sings



The Idlers

The Corn Husker

Low Tide at St. Andrews

Lullaby of the Iroquois


The Train Dogs


Kate Simpson Hayes (1852–1943)


Prairie Verses


Agnes Ethelwyn Wetherald (1857–1940)


The Humming-bird

June Apples

The World Well Lost

A Winter Picture

Each to Her Own

Hester Prynne Speaks


Marie Joussaye (1864?–1949)

Only a Working Girl

Two Poets


Francis Sherman (1871–1926)

In Memorabilia Mortis

The Last Storm

The Watch

To Doctor John Donne

So, After All, When All Is Said and Done


F.G. Scott (1861–1944)

The Unnamed Lake

The Penalty

Call Back Our Dead


Frances Jones Bannerman (1855–1944)


Love Belated

I Would Not, Dear


May Austin Low (1863–1958)

The Coming of the Roslyn Castle


Marjorie Pickthall (1883–1922)

Persephone Returning to Hades

A Mother in Egypt

Père Lalemant

The Green Month

The Pool


The Wife


Robert Service (1874–1958)

The Shooting of Dan McGrew

The Stretcher-Bearer

My Cross


Chief K’hhalserten Sepass (1841?–1943)

The Beginning of the World


John Mccrae (1872–1918)

In Flanders Fields


Helena Coleman (1860–1953)

Oh, Not When April Wakes the Daffodils

Convocation Hall

When First He Put the Khaki On


Frank Prewett (1893–1962)

The Somme Valley, 1917

Card Game


Burial Stones

The Soldier





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Gerson, Carole
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