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[236] Doubting, trembling, sore amazed,
Through her tears the young child gazed.
‘God preserve her!’ Waldron said;
‘Satan hath bewitched the maid!’

Years went and came. At close of day
Singing came a child from play,
Tossing from her loose-locked head
Gold in sunshine, brown in shade.

Pride was in the mother's look,
But her head she gravely shook,
And with lips that fondly smiled
Feigned to chide her truant child.

Unabashed, the maid began:
“Up and down the brook I ran,
Where, beneath the bank so steep,
Lie the spotted trout asleep.

“Chip!” went squirrel on the wall,
After me I heard him call,
And the cat-bird on the tree
Tried his best to mimic me.

“Where the hemlocks grew so dark
That I stopped to look and hark,
On a log, with feather-hat,
By the path, an Indian sat.

“Then I cried, and ran away;
But he called, and bade me stay;
And his voice was good and mild
As my mother's to her child.

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