Chorus Of Welcome (A J W McNeilly, KC)

Hail to the prince who, his triumph completing,
Comes to the shore of our island today;
Joyful we send him our loyalist greeting:
Fervently, proudly our homage we pay.
Lord, send him length of days,
Lord, send him strength of grace,
Be Thou his guardian, his help, and his guide!
Scion of majesty, sire of our kings to be,
Loud we acclaim him the prince of our pride.

Sing, brothers, sing for the hope of the nation,
Welcome with plaudits the heir of our king,
Raise all your voices in loud jubilation,
As the glad chorus of welcome we sing.
Far may his line descend, never to find its end
Till the great angel cries, "Time is no more!"
So let our anthem rise,
God save the Prince we prize,
Let the song echo from centre to shore.

####.... Alexander James Whiteford McNeilly, Esq, KC [1845-1911] ....####
Printed in St John's in 1904 on pp.9-10 of the Old Colony Song Book, Newfoundland, published by James Murphy [1867-1931], who noted that this song was written by A J W McNeilly, KC (King's Counsel). It was sung by 5,000 children in the Prince of Wales' Rink on the arrival in St John's, Oct. 24, 1901, of Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, now the Prince and Princess of Wales (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra).

From the dictionary of canadian Biography Online:
Alexander James Whiteford McNeilly [1845-1911] - Irish-born lawyer and political figure in Newfoundland. He represented Bonavista from 1873 to 1878, Twillingate and Fogo from 1878 to 1882 and Bay de Verde from 1885 to 1889 in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly. He was born in Armagh, the son of Isaac McNeilly and Olivia Whiteford, and came to Newfoundland with his brother and widowed mother in 1849. McNeilly studied at Queen's University in Ireland, articled in law with Hugh William Hoyles and was called to the bar in 1870. In 1878, he married Jessie Emma Sutcliff, the daughter of James Johnstone Rogerson. McNeilly was named Queen's Counsel in 1880. He was speaker for the Newfoundland assembly from 1879 to 1882 and from 1886 to 1889. He served as registrar for the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1889 to 1900. He died in St John's at the age of 66.


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