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O Canada

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O Canada is our national anthem, which although originally written in 1880 and translated into English in 1906, did not become our official national anthem until 1980.

O Canada was originally written in French and has had a number of English renditions, only one of which was translated from the original French version.

Here are the now official lyrics to our national anthem.

English French
O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With Glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
Ô Canada! Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux.
Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,
Il sait porter la croix.
Ton historie est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos roits
Protégera ons foyers et nos drois.

Here is the English translation of the French version of O Canada.

O Canada! Land of our forefathers
Thy brow is wreathed with a glorious garland of flowers.
As in thy arm ready to wield the sword,
So also is it ready to carry the cross.
Thy history is an epic of the most brilliant exploits.

Thy valour steeped in faith
Will protect our homes and our rights
Will protect our homes and our rights.

And for those who read music, here is the music alogn with the English, French, Inukititut lyrics.