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Hiawatha laid his burden,
Threw the red deer from his shoulders;
And the maiden looked up at him,
Looked up from her mat of rushes,
Said with gentle look and accent,
“You are welcome, Hiawatha !"

Very spacious was the wigwam,
Made of deer-skin dressed and whitened,
With the Gods of the Dacotahs
Drawn and painted on its curtains,
And so tall the doorway, hardly
Hiawatha stooped to enter,
Hardly touched his eagle-feathers
As he entered at the doorway.

Then uprose the Laughing Water, From the ground fair Minnehaha, Laid aside her mat unfinished, Brought forth food and set before them, Water brought them from the brooklet, Gave them food in earthen vessels, Gave them drink in bowls of bass-wood, Listened while the guest was speaking, Listened while her father answered, But not once her lips she opened, Not a single word she uttered.

Yes, as in a dream she listened To the words of Hiawatha, As he talked of old Nokomis, Who had nursed him in his childhood, As he told of his companions, Chibiabos, the musician, And the very strong man, Kwásind, And of happiness and plenty In the land of the Ojibways, In the pleasant land and peaceful.

“ After many years of warfare, Many years of strife and bloodshed, There is peace between the Ojibway's And the tribe of the Dacotahs.” Thus continued Hiawatha, And then added, speaking slowly, “That this peace may last for ever, And our hands be clasped more closely, And our hearts be more united, Give me as my wife this maiden, Minnehaha, Laughing Water, Loveliest of Dacotah Women!"

And the ancient Arrow-maker Paused a moment ere he answered, Smoked a little while in silence, Looked at Hiawatha proudly, Fondly looked at Laughing Water,

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And made answer very gravely:
“Yes, if Minnehaha wishes;
Let your heart speak, Minnehaha!"

And the lovely Laughing Water
Seemed more lovely, as she stood there,
Neither willing nor reluctant,
As she went to Hiawatha,
Softly took the seat beside him,
While she said, and blushed to say it,
“I will follow you, my husband !"

This was Hiawatha's wooing!
Thus it was he won the daughter
Of the ancient Arrow-maker,
In the land of the Dacotahs!

From the wigwam he departed,
Leading with him Laughing Water;
Hand in hand they went together,
Through the woodland and the meadow,
Left the old man standing lonely
At the doorway of his wigwam,
Heard the Falls of Minnehaha
Calling to them from the distance,
Crying to them from afar off,
"Fare thee well, O Minnehaha !"

And the ancient Arrow-maker
Turned again unto his labor,
Sat down by his sunny doorway,
Murmuring to himself, and saying:
"Thus it is our daughters leave us,
Those we love, and those who love us !
Just when they have learned to help us,
When we are old and lean upon them,
Comes a youth with flaunting feathers,
With his flute of reeds, a stranger
Wanders piping through the village,
Beckons to the fairest maiden,
And she follows where he leads her,
Leaving all things for the stranger!"

Pleasant was the journey homeward,
Through interminable forests,
Over meadow, over mountain,
Over river, hill, and hollow.
Short it seemed to Hiawatha,
Though they journeyed very slowly,
Though his pace he checked and slackened
To the steps of Laughing Water.

Over wide and rushing rivers
In his arms he bore the maiden;
Light he thought her as a feather,
As the plume upon his head-gear;
Cleared the tangled pathway for her,
Bent aside the swaying branches,

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Made at night a lodge of branches,
And a bed with boughs of hemlock,
And a fire before the doorway
With the dry cones of the pine-tree.

All the travelling winds went with them,
O'er the meadow, through the forest;
All the stars of night looked at them,
Watched with sleepless eyes their slumber;
From his ambush in the oak-tree
Peeped the squirrel, Adjidaúmo,
Watched with eager eyes the lovers;
And the rabbit, the Wabasso,
Scampered from the path before them,
Peering, peeping from his burrow,
Sat erect upon his haunches,
Watched with curious eyes the lovers.

Pleasant was the journey homeward !
All the birds sang loud and sweetly
Songs of happiness and heart's-ease;
Sang the blue-bird, the Owaissa,
“Happy are you, Hiawatha,
Having such a wife to love you !"
Sang the robin, the Opéchee,
"Happy are you, Laughing Water,
Having such a noble husband!"

From the sky the sun benignant
Looked upon them through the branches,
Saying to them, “O my children,
Love is sunshine, hate is shadow,
Life is checkered shade and sunshine,
Rule by love, O Hiawatha !”

From the sky the moon looked at them,
Filled the lodge with mystic splendors,
Whispered to them, “O my children,
Day is restless, night is quiet,
Man imperious, woman feeble;
Half is mine, although I follow;
Rule by patience, Laughing Water!"

Thus it was they journeyed homeward;
Thus it was that Hiawatha
To the lodge of old Nokomis
Brought the moonlight, starlight, firelight,
Brought the sunshine of his people,
Minnebaha, Laughing Water,
Handsomest of all the women
In the land of the Dacotahs,
In the land of handsome women.


The memory of Burns—a name

That calls, when brimmed her festal cup, A nation's glory, and her shame,

In silent sadness up.

A nation's giory—be the rest

Forgot-she 's canonized his mind;
And it is joy to speak the best

We may of human kind.

I've stood beside the cottage bed

Where the Bard-peasant first drew breath; A straw-thatched roof above his head,

A straw-wrought couch beneath.

And I have stood beside the pile,

His monument that tells to heaven The homage of earth's proudest isle

To that Bard-peasant given!

Bid thy thoughts hover o'er that spot,

Boy-Minstrel, in thy dreaming hour; And know, however low his lot,

A Poet's pride and power.

The pride that lifted Burns from earth,

The power that gave a child of song Ascendency o'er rank and birth,

The rich, the brave, the strong; And if despondency weigh down

Thy spirit's fluttering pinions then, Despair:-thy name is written on

The roll of common men.

There have been loftier themes than his,

And longer scrolls and louder lyres , And lays lit up with Poesy's

Purer and holier fires :

Yet read the names that know not death;

Few nobler ones than Burns are there; And few have won a greener wreath

Than that which binds his hair.

His is that language of the heart,

In which the answering heart would speak, Thought, word, that bids the warm tear start,

Or the smile light the cheek;

And his that music, to whose tone

The common pulse of man keeps time, In cot or castle's mirth or moan,

In cold or sunny clime.

And who hath heard his song, nor kneit

Before its spell with willing knee, And listen'd, and believed, and felt

The Poet's mastery ?

O'er the mind's sea, in calm and storm,

O'er the heart's sunshine and its showers, O'er Passion's moments bright and warm,

O'er Reasons dark, cold hours;

On fields where brave men "die or do,"

In halls where rings the banquet's mirth, Where mourners weep, where lovers woo,

From throne to cottage hearth ;

What sweet tears dim the eyes unshed,

What wild vows falter on the tongue, When “Scots wha hae wi' Wallace bled,"

Or "Auld Lang Syne" is sung!

Pure hopes, that lift the soul above,

Come with your Cotter's hymn of praise, And dreams of youth, and truth, and love,

With “ Logan's' banks and braes. And when he breathes his master-lay

Of Alloway's witch-haunted wall, All passions in our frames of clay

Come thronging at his call. Imagination's world of air,

And our own world, its gloom and glee, Wit, pathos, poetry, are there,

And death's sublimity.

And Burns—though brief the race he ran,

Though rough and dark the patlı he trodLived--died-in form and soul a Man,

The image of his God.

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