By Sulz, Dave on November 9, 2019.
John D. Higinbotham, who was born in Guelph, Ont., in 1864, became Lethbridge’s first pharmacist after moving to the community in 1885.
He later sold his business and returned to Guelph, where he lived when he composed the following poem on the occasion of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953.
The Queen’s Prayer
‘Mid all the clamour of the crowd,
The boom of guns o’er land and sea,
A fervent prayer was raised aloud:
“O, my dear people, pray for me.”
Responding, millions far and near,
Who heard that gentle, earnest plea,
With one accord, in accents clear,
“O, dearest Queen, we’ll pray for thee,
That God may ever guide your path,
And shield you from all harm and ill,
Through happy hours and ‘dusty death’
His loving hand be with you still.”
May children of our children say:
“No lovlier Queen e’er graced a throne,
Nor one whose wishes to obey
Were ever writ on gold or stone.”
– by John D. Higinbotham
June 5, 1953
Submitted by Austin Fennell, Lethbridge