October 10, 2014

Ode to Newfoundland

Ode to Newfoundland
by Geoff Butler
lyrics by Sir Cavendish Boyle

When blinding storm gusts fret thy shore,
And wild waves lash thy strand;
Though spindrift swirl and tempest roar
We love thee, wind-swept land.

Wind-swept Newfoundland certainly is, especially on Fogo Island, where merely opening a door turns into a perilous adventure. Sir Cavendish Boyle, governor of Newfoundland (1901-1904), loved the province anyway. He wrote this anthem to pay tribute to the land in all four seasons. 

Geoff Butler accompanies Boyle's lyrics with lushly colourful paintings of people, places, sea and sky. Notes about some of the images depicted in the paintings provide more information about the province.

A memorable celebration of beautiful Newfoundland and Labrador.

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