Emily Pauline Johnson

(10 March 1861 – 7 March 1913 / Chiefswood, Ontario)

Guard Of The Eastern Gate - Poem by Emily Pauline Johnson

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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  • (7/11/2006 2:17:00 AM)


    Great poem! Creates the mood of resolute determination to resist in a very few words. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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