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[93] A lone, stern man. Yet, as sometimes
     The tempest-smitten tree receives
From one small root the sap which limbs
     Its topmost spray and crowning leaves,
So from his child the Sachem drew
     A life of Love and Hope, and felt
His cold and rugged nature through
     The softness and the warmth of her young being melt.

A laugh which in the woodland rang
     Bemocking April's gladdest bird,—
A light and graceful form which sprang
     To meet him when his step was heard,—
Eyes by his lodge-fire flashing dark,
     Small fingers stringing bead and shell
Or weaving mats of bright-hued bark,—
     With these the household-god 3 had graced his wigwam well.

Child of the forest! strong and free,
     Slight-robed, with loosely flowing hair,
She swam the lake or climbed the tree,
     Or struck the flying bird in air.
O'er the heaped drifts of winter's moon
     Her snow-shoes tracked the hunter's way;
And dazzling in the summer noon
     The blade of her light oar threw off its shower of spray!

Unknown to her the rigid rule,
     The dull restraint, the chiding frown,
The weary torture of the school,
     The taming of wild nature down. 1

1 ‘The Indians,’ says Roger Williams, ‘have a god whom they call Wetuomanit, who presides over the household.’

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