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 But the dark chief of Saugus turned aside
In the grim anger of hard-hearted pride;
“I bore her as became a chieftain's daughter,
Up to her home beside the gliding water.
If now no more a mat for her is found
Of all which line her father's wigwam round,
Let Pennacook call out his warrior train,
And send her back with wampum gifts again. “
The baffled runner turned upon his track,
Bearing the words of Winnepurkit back.
‘Dog of the Marsh,’ cried Pennacook, “no more
Shall child of mine sit on his wigwam floor.
Go, let him seek some meaner squaw to spread
The stolen bear-skin of his beggar's bed;
Son of a fish-hawk! let him dig his clams
For some vile daughter of the Agawams,
Or coward Nipmucks! may his scalp dry black
In Mohawk smoke, before I send her back. “
He shook his clenched hand towards the ocean wave,
While hoarse assent his listening council gave.
Alas poor bride! can thy grim sire impart
His iron hardness to thy woman's heart?
Or cold self-torturing pride like his atone
For love denied and life's warm beauty flown?
On Autumn's gray and mournful grave the snow
Hung its white wreaths; with stifled voice and low
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