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Fleur de Lys, and Other Poems


Fleur de Lys, and Other Poems

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    Arthur Weir
Excerpt from book: And soon their leader, full of mirth. And politic withal— Well knowing that no spot on earth Could hold them long in thrall, Unless into their company, Its duties and its sport, Were introduced the pageantry And etiquette of court— Enrolled them in a titled band, L'Ordre de Bon Temps named, First knighthood's grade for which this land Of Canada is famed. Each one in turn Grand Master was— At close of day released— His duty to maintain the laws, And furnish forth a feast. Filled with a pardonable pride In nobles wont to dwell, Each with his predecessor vied In bounty to excel, And thus it was the festive board With beaver, otter, deer, And fish and fowl was richly stored, Throughout the changing year. At mid-day—for our sires of old Dined when the sun was high— To where the cloth was spread, behold These merry youths draw nigh, Each bearing on a massy tray Some dainty for the feast, While the Grand Master leads the way, Festivity's high priest ! Then seated round the banquet board, Afar from friends and home, They drank from goblets freely poured To happier days to come. And once again, in story, shone The sun, that erst in France Was wont, in days long past and gone, Amid the vines to dance. Still later, when the sun had set, And round the fire they drew To sing, .or tell a tale ere yet Too old the evening grew, He who had ruled them for the day His sceptre did resign, And drink to his successor's sway A brimming cup of wine. CHAMPLAIN. Would that with the bold Champlain, And his comrades staunch and true, I had crossed the stormy main, Golden visions to pursue : And had shared Their lot, and dared Fortune with that hardy crew ! Thus I murmur, as I close Parkman, day being lon...  
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  • Arthur Weir
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