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A toast

There's wine in the cup, Vancouver,
 And there's warmth in my heart for you,
While I drink to your health, your youth, and your wealth,
 And the things that you yet will do.
In a vintage rare and olden,
 With a flavour fine and keen,
Fill the glass to the edge, while I stand up to pledge
 My faith to my western queen.

Then here's a Ho! Vancouver, in wine of the bonniest hue,
 With a hand on my hip and the cup at my lip,
And a love in my life for you.
 For you are a jolly good fellow, with a great, big heart, I know;
So I drink this toast
To the "Queen of the Coast."
 Vancouver, here's a Ho!

And here's to the days that are coming,
 And here's to the days that are gone,
And here's to your gold and your spirit bold,
 And your luck that has held its own;
And here's to your hands so sturdy,
 And here's to your hearts so true,
And here's to the speed of the day decreed
 That brings me again to you.

Then here's a Ho! Vancouver, in wine of the bonniest hue,
 With a hand on my hip and the cup at my lip,
And a love in my life for you.
 For you are a jolly good fellow, with a great, big heart, I know;
So I drink this toast
To the "Queen of the Coast."
 Vancouver, here's a Ho!

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Emily Pauline Johnson

Emily Pauline Johnson Tekahionwake commonly known as E Pauline Johnson or just Pauline Johnson was a Canadian writer and performer popular in the late 19th century Pauline Johnson was notable for her poems and performances that celebrated her aboriginal heritage One such poem is the frequently anthologized The Song My Paddle Sings Her poetry was published in Canada the United States and Great Britain Johnson was one of a generation of widely read writers who began to define a Canadian national literature more…

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