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Words and Phrases for Study VOCABULARY: kēen-piercing; sharp.

swift-ly—with speed; quickly.

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HELPS TO STUDY

Notes and Questions What is the time "Between the To what does he compare the

dark and the daylight” usually rush made by the children in called

stanza five? What do you suppose Longfellow What does he call them in the

had been doing in his study eighth stanza? before the children came down What wall did they scale in order to him.

to reach him? What reasons

can you give for Where does Longfellow say he the “pause in the day's occu will put the children now that pations''?

he has captured them? Who were the children whom How long will he keep them

the poet saw Descending the there? broad hall stair" to enter the How could 'he keep the children poet's "castle''?

so long? What were these children whis Which stanza of this poem do pering about?

you like best? What does Longfellow mean by Tell what you know about the his "turret''?

life of Longfellow.

Words and Phrases for Study

PRONUNCIATION:

low-er (lou-ér)
ěn-twine
fôr'-tress

un-guärd'-ed
moŭs-tåche' (mús-tåsh')
tūr'-rēt

rāid
băn-dito-ti
mõuld'-er (mõld)

VOCABULARY:

de-pärt'—to go away; to leave.
pause-a brief stop or rest; hesitation.
grāve—thoughtful; serious.

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WORDS AND PHRASES:
"round-tower of my heart”

"fortress' "such an old moustache''

"crumble to ruin" raid from the hall”

"moulder in dust" "scaled the wall

"plotting and planning” “ dungeon”

“forever and a day's “Bishop of Bingen”—referring to the legend that Hatto, Arch

bishop of Mainz, was eaten by mice in the Mouse-Tower on the Rhine, near Bingen. The story has been told in poetry by the English poet, Southey, but is without foundation in history.

THE SONG OF HIAWATHA

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

INTRODUCTION

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Should

you
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me, whence these stories ?
Whence these legends and traditions,
With the odors of the forest,
With the dew and damp of meadows,
With the curling smoke of wigwams,
With the rushing of great rivers,
With their frequent repetitions,
And their wild reverberations,
As of thunder in the mountains ?

I should answer, I should tell you,
"From the forests and the prairies,
From the great lakes of the Northland,
From the land of the Ojibways,
From the land of the Dacotahs,
From the mountains, moors, and fenlands,
Where the heron, the Shuh-shuh-gah,
Feeds among the reeds and rushes.
I repeat them as I heard them
From the lips of Nawadaha,
The musician, the sweet singer.”

Should you ask where Nawadaha
Found these songs, so wild and wayward,
Found these legends and traditions ?

I should answer, I should tell you,
“In the bird's-nests of the forests,
In the lodges of the beaver,
In the hoof-prints of the bison,
In the eyry of the eagle!”

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If still further you should ask me,
Saying, “Who was Nawadaha ?

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Tell us of this Nawadaha,"
I should answer your inquiries
Straightway in such words as follow.

"In the Vale of Tawasentha,
In the green and silent valley,
By the pleasant water-courses,
Dwelt the singer Nawadaha.
Round about the Indian village
Spread the meadows and the cornfields,
And beyond them stood the forest,
Stood the groves of singing pine-trees,
Green in Summer, white in Winter,
Ever sighing, ever singing.

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“There he sang of Hiawatha,
Sang the Song of Hiawatha,
Sang his wondrous birth and being,
How he prayed and how he fasted.
How he lived, and toiled, and suffered,
That the tribes of men might prosper,
That he might advance his people!"

Ye who love the haunts of Nature,
Love the sunshine of the meadow,
Love the shadow of the forest,
Love the wind among the branches,
And the rain-shower and the snow-storni,
And the rushing of great rivers
Through their palisades of pine-trees,
And the thunder in the mountains,

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Listen to this Indian Legend,
To this Song of Hiawatha!

Ye whose hearts are fresh and simple,
Who have faith in God and Nature,

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