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Guard of the eastern gate

Emily Pauline Johnson 1861 – 1913

Halifax sits on her hills by the sea
 In the might of her pride,--
Invincible, terrible, beautiful, she
 With a sword at her side.

To right and to left of her, battlements rear
 And fortresses frown;
While she sits on her throne without favour or fear
 With her cannon as crown.

Coast guard and sentinel, watch of the weal
 Of a nation she keeps;
But her hand is encased in a gauntlet of steel,
 And her thunder but sleeps.

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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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