The Lake of the Thousand Isles

Evan MacColl 1808 (Kenmore, Argyll and Bute) – 1898 (Kingston)

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   Though Missouri'stide may majestic glide,
    There's a curse on the soil it laves;
   The Ohio, too, may be fair, but who
    Would sojourn in the land of slaves?
   Be my prouder lot a Canadian cot
    And the bread of a freeman's toils;
   Then hurrah for the land of the forests grand,
    And the Lake of the Thousand Isles!
   I would seek no wealth, at the cost of health,
   'Mid the city's din and strife;
  More I love the grace of fair nature's face,
   And the calm of a woodland life;
  I would shun the road by ambition trod,
   And the lore which the heart defiles;--
  Then hurrah for the land of the forests grand,
   And the Lake of the Thousand Isles!

  O away, away! I would gladly stray
   Where the freedom I love is found;
  Where the pine and oak by the woodman's stroke
   Are disturbed in their ancient bound;
  Where the gladsome swain reaps the golden grain,
   And the trout from the stream beguiles;
  Then hurrah for the land of the forests grand,
   And the Lake of the Thousand Isles.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme xxaxaxaBAxcacxaBA xdxdxaBA
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,017
Words 187
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 17, 8

Evan MacColl

Evan MacColl (Scottish Gaelic: "Eóghann MacColla") was a Scots-Canadian Gaelic poet who also produced poems in English. He is commonly known in his native language as Bàrd Loch Fìne (the "Poet of Loch Fyne"). Later he became known as "the Gaelic Bard of Canada". more…

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