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To the American People

With your kind permission, your attention I will claim, I am only just an Indian, it matters not my name, But I represent my people, their cause and interest, too; And in their name and honor, I present myself to you. They have your sacred promise...

by Richard Calmit Adams

added by naama
1 day ago
The Clans

When the waters were so mighty As to reach the mountains high, And it seemed that all creation Surely then was doomed to die, Came the turtle to our rescue, Brought us safely unto land, For the Manitou had sent him; Now we’re c...

by Richard Calmit Adams

added by naama
1 day ago
Song

I saw her once—her eye’s deep light Fell on my spirit’s deeper night, The only beam that e’er illumed Its shadows drear. The glance was slight, But oh, what softness it assumed! I saw her twice—her glance again Lit up its fire within my...

by John Rollin Ridge

added by halel
1 day ago
A Delaware Indian Legend

Long, long ago, my people say, as their traditions tell, They were a happy, powerful race, loved and respected well. To them belonged the sacred charge, the synagogue to keep, And every Autumn to the tribes, the Manitou’s praises speak. And all th...

by Richard Calmit Adams

added by naama
1 day ago
Song

Come to the river’s side, my love, My light canoe is by the shore,— We’ll float upon the tide my love, And thou shalt hold the dripping oar. Methinks thy hand could guide so well The tiny vessel on its course; The waves would smoot...

by John Rollin Ridge

added by halel
1 day ago
My Harp

Oh must I fling my harp aside, Nor longer let it soothe my heart? No! sooner might the tender bride From th’ first night’s nuptial chamber part! No! sooner might the warrior cast His martial plume of glory down, Or worshipt monarch ...

by John Rollin Ridge

added by halel
1 day ago
Mount Shasta

Behold the dread Mt. Shasta, where it stands Imperial midst the lesser heights, and, like Some mighty unimpassioned mind, companionless And cold. The storms of Heaven may beat in wrath Against it, but it stands in unpolluted Grandeur still; and fr...

by John Rollin Ridge

added by halel
1 day ago
October Hills

I look upon the purple hills That rise in steps to yonder peaks, And all my soul their silence thrills And to my heart their beauty speaks. What now to me the jars of life, Its petty cares, its harder throes? The hills are free fro...

by John Rollin Ridge

added by halel
1 day ago
To a Star Seen at Twilight

Hail solitary star! That shinest from thy far blue height, And overlookest Earth And Heaven, companionless in light! The rays around thy brow Are an eternal wreath for thee; Yet thou’rt not proud, like man, Though thy broad mirror is the sea, And ...

by John Rollin Ridge

added by halel
1 day ago
Morning on Shinnecock

The rising sun had crowned the hills, And added beauty to the plain; O grand and wondrous spectacle! That only nature could explain. I stood within a leafy grove, And gazed around in blissful awe; The sky appea...

by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks

added by naama
1 day ago
The Atlantic Cable

Let Earth be glad! for that great work is done, Which makes, at last, the Old and New World one! Let all mankind rejoice! for time nor space Shall check the progress of the human race! Though Nature heaved the Continents apart, She cast in one gre...

by John Rollin Ridge

added by halel
1 day ago
Regret

I said a thoughtless word one day, A loved one heard and went away; I cried: “Forgive me, I was blind; I would not wound or be unkind.” I waited long, but all in vain, To win my loved one back again. Too late, alas! to weep and pray, Death came; m...

by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks

added by naama
1 day ago
Invocation

Rise bravest chief! of the mark of the noble deer, With eagle glance, Resume thy lance, And wield again thy warlike spear! The foes of thy line, With coward design, Ha...

by Jane Johnston Schoolcraft

added by naama
1 day ago

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