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Newfoundland (Buddy Wasisname)

Newfoundland? Perchance they may have told you,
Of this island in her shroud of snow,
Of rugged coasts, where oceans spend their fury,
Where chill ice drifts, and where the wild winds blow.
But O! I wonder have you seen her,
When first awakened from her winter sleep,
When birches bud, and through the peaceful valleys,
Released from death, her mighty rivers leap?

I wonder have you known her in the summer,
Her strong cliffs dreaming in an azure haze,
When white sailed vessels pass in stately beauty,
Through the calm turquoise waters of her bays?
I wonder have you trod her scented marshes,
Where dainty orchids smile for your delight?
Or have you heard the bells of homing cattle,
In the sweet stillness of approaching night?

I wonder have you seen her in the Autumn,
In youth so exquisite, in age divine,
When every maple is a flaming beacon,
And every birch a fair and holy shrine,
Gold of the ferns, and scarlet of the berries,
Russet and brown as far as eye can see,
And the dark spruce as constant and as changeless
As her dear heart shall ever prove to be?

Newfoundland? Oh, yes, they may have told you,
Of this island in her shroud of snow,
Of rugged coasts, where oceans spend their fury,
But friend, remember - 'twas not always so.
Life comes to her from those grim hours of travail,
A priceless gem from God's almighty hand,
Go! Search the world and find a fairer picture,
Than sunlight on the hills of Newfoundland.

####.... Ena Constance Barrett [1893-1967] of Corner Brook, NL, with a musical arrangement by Ray Johnson of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers ....####
Recorded by Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers (Up Boot, trk#17, 2002, Third Wave Productions, Gander, NL).

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Ena Constance Barrett was born in England and came to Curling, NL, as a war bride in 1920. Her poetry was inspired by the rugged beauty of the west coast and the people who lived there. Her works were published in Lilts Of Newfoundland (1929 and 1931) and Mayflowers And Roses - A Bouquet Of Verse (1946).


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