I search the pages of our history over
For a courageous one whose name would stand
For staunchest patriot, and for truest lover,
And prove the same by deed done for the land;
And my heart thrills, for 'tis a woman bears it,
You'll find it, marble carved, on Laura Secord's grave;
And you, and I, and every woman shares it,
The right to stand for what is good and brave.
Source: Kevin McCabe, ed. The Poetry of Old Niagara. St.
Ont. : Blarney Stone Books, 1999.
Originally published in: Jean Blewett. Jean Blewett's Poems.
Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1922.
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Photo courtesy of Niagara Falls (Ontario) Public Library.