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Music of the Waters.              133
English Version.
" In returning from pretty Rochelle, I met three charming demoiselles, There's the dear my heart loves, There's the dear my heart loves."
From the Century Magazine (May, 1882), I quote the following pilgrim's rowing-song; it occurs in an article on " The Canadian Mecca," by W. George Beers. The writer says: " But what song is that stealing over the water, like a Canadian voyageur's refrain ? A boat laden with pilgrims from the Isle of Orleans is making for our shore, and the voices rise and fall with the dip of the oars in the true rhythm of the canotier: "
The French-Canadians are a light-hearted, song-loving people, and the very poorest amongst them have an in­stinctive taste for music ; and many of the boatmen, rafts­men and voyageurs among the Iroquois Indians served under Lord Wolseley in Egypt, and might often be heard singing their quaint old-world songs. I am told that the old Province of Quebec has a peculiarly musical population.

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