Peaceful Niagara
by Harris Loewen


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Peaceful is old Lake Ontario

calm does Niagara flow

where hostile ships were sailing

so many years ago


Peaceful the banks at the riverside

this day compared with then

now clothed with the coming harvest

then bristling with brave armed men


And peaceful lie the heroes

who sleep on either shore

who nobly fought for country

here in the days of yore


But the strife is long forgotten

and the battles long are o’er

God grant that these great nations

may go to war no more.


God grant that these great nations

in peace may live alway

as calm and serene

as river and lake today


Peaceful is old Lake Ontario

calm does Niagara flow


poem by John Macdonald (1882)


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