Tag: songs

  • Spirit of the Big Ditch: The Story of the Welland Canals in Pictures, Poems and Songs

    Spirit of the Big Ditch: The Story of the Welland Canals in Pictures, Poems and Songs

    Spirit of the Big Ditch : The Story of the Welland Canals in Pictures, Poems and Songs, edited by Prof. Emeritus Rob Taylor of Brock University, author of 8 books and numerous articles on the 4 iterations of the Welland Canal. an anthology of poems, songs and illustrations celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Mr. Merritt’s “Big Ditch.” 45…

  • On the Death of Major-General Brock by J.H.R.

    Low-bending o’er the rugged bier, The soldier drops the mournful tear For life departed, valor driven Fresh from the fields of death to Heaven. But time shall fondly trace the name Of Brock, upon the scrolls of Fame, And those bright laurels, which should wave Upon the brow of one so brave Shall flourish vernal…

  • Two songs composed by Harris Loewen

    I just discovered that two Niagara poems that are on the NFPP site have been set to music by Harris Loewen, a retired Brock University professor. For a delightful treat I’ve embedded the recordings to At Niagara Falls by Anson G. Chester and Niagara in 1882 by John Macdonald. The Macdonald poem was named Peaceful Niagara…

  • Thy Bells Deveaux (a song) by Thomas Vincent Welch and J. Ernest Rieger

    Their tender tone o’er field and wood, On summer wind now borne along; With beating heart and eyes bedewed, I hear once more their ev’ning song. In many lands my feet have strayed, Since I obeyed their vesper call; When night winds stirred, in dreams I heard, Their plaintive notes at evening’s fall. Ring, ring,…

  • Niagara in 1882 by John Macdonald

    Suggested by a day of great quiet and beauty. PEACEFUL is old Ontario, ‡‡Calm does Niagara flow, Where hostile ships were sailing ‡‡Seventy years ago. Peaceful the banks of the river ‡‡To-day compared with then, Now clothed with the coming harvest, ‡‡Then bristling with armed men. Silent is old Mississagua, ‡‡Niagara’s work is done, No…