Ut queant laxis
Labii reatum, Sanc
St. John the Baptist is also the patron saint of Québec and of all of French America. Donc, à tous mes cousins, bonne fête!
400 years ago on this day was baptised Chief Henri Membertou, the first baptism of an aboriginal in Canada, and likely in the New World north of Mexico.
130 years ago was first sang this song, commissioned by the Lieutenant Governor of Québec for the celebration of the feast of Jean-Baptiste (the English version came later):
Vive le Québec.
Vive l'Amérique française.