This Canada of ours and other poems/Canadian Camping Song


A white tent pitched by a glassy lake,
    Well under a shady tree,
Or by rippling rills from the grand old hills,
    Is the summer home for me.
I fear no blaze of the noontide rays,
    For the woodland glades are mine,
The fragrant air, and that perfume rare,
    The odour of forest pine.


    The wild woods, the wild woods,
        The wild woods give me;
    The wild woods of Canada,
        The boundless and free!

A cooling plunge at the break of day,
    A paddle, a row, or sail,
With always a fish for a mid-day dish,
    And plenty of Adam's ale.
With rod or gun, or in hammock swung,
    We glide through the pleasant days;
When darkness falls on our canvas walls,
    We kindle the camp-fire's blaze.

From out the gloom sails the silv'ry moon,
    O'er forests dark and still,
Now far, now near, ever sad and clear,
    Comes the plaint of whip-poor-will;
With song and laugh, and with kindly chaff,
    We startle the birds above,
Then rest tired heads on our cedar beds,
    To dream of the ones we love.