Emily Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)

Here you will find the Poem Guard of the eastern gate of poet Emily Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)

Guard of the eastern gate

Halifax sits on her hills by the sea 
 In the might of her pride,-- 
Invincible, terrible, beautiful, she 
 With a sword at her side. 

To right and to left of her, battlements rear 
 And fortresses frown; 
While she sits on her throne without favour or fear 
 With her cannon as crown. 

Coast guard and sentinel, watch of the weal 
 Of a nation she keeps; 
But her hand is encased in a gauntlet of steel, 
 And her thunder but sleeps.