Canadian Idylls

Canadian Idylls

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...upon the soft Aligewal, And swept them with their cruel rites away, Leaving these mounds, eni mas yet unsolved Of the dumb darkness of the voiceless past. Beneath the five huge trees a flashing spear Showed where a watchman stood upon the mound, Who listened eagerly to catch the sound Of voices bringing victory in their cry. But all was silent yet, although the air Was thick with rumour, brought no one knew how, Or where or whence. The birds unseen that fly, Of woe forerunners, had already flown Through the scared villages of Muskingum. For rumour was, a battle had been fought In the dense forests of the Bushy Run, With victory for the tribes; but some said, "No! The Saganosh had won!" and sounds of woe Out of the sighing trees the dark night long Were heard, bewailing as for warriors slain. All was expectance in the Indian town. The old men trembled doubtingly. They knew The power and valour of the Saganosh. The women, sure of victory, prepared A feast of welcome for the warriors brave, And tortures for the hapless prisoners brought Into the cam, the gauntlet and the fire: Or haply, if t eir woman's nature claimed The right to ransom any, 'twas their due, And sacred privilege, in all the tribes. And now all ran together, as the news Passed in and out the lodges, old and young, None knew whence came the rumour or inquired. It was enough it came, and was believed With simple faith, the spirits of the slain Had brought the news, as doleful ravens fly, Through the blue expanse of the Indian sky. The watcher with the spear upon the mound Was seen to raise it fluttering aloft With streamers, as a signal some one came; Then vanished suddenly as he leaped down Its scraggy sides, while distant sounds of woe, Singing more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236917081
  • 9781236917089