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events of the revolution rooms now occupied by the poet were once, at a memorable time, the abode of America's most illustrious son. The writer of lyrics has taken the place of the actor of epics. When, in the early days of the war of independence, Washington was elected by Congress to the command of the colonial army, English troops had possession of Boston. The siege was formed by concentrating the patriot troops in the neighbouring towns. Washington went to New England to direct their movements in person, and fixed his head-qarters in convenient ('ambridge—in this same venerable mansion where Longfellow now lives. Thence he sent out his orders, general and special ; here convened, in anxious deliberation, the little knot of patriot officers, unskilled in war, collected from farm-houses and laboratories, to drill by manual and learn the art of sieges. Within this door passed the wealthy merchant, Hancock, who had turned his
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gruff Samuel Adams, a Puritan Mirabeau, }. ting his singer exactly on the pith of the trouble; rewards for the capture of those two had just been proclaimed over in Boston. In these quiet rooms, given up now these many years to the Muse, whence come out ever and anon gracefullest gems of the rhythmic art, a plan of campaign was drawn up, experienced ex-royal Lieutenant Washington supervising, cy-merchants, doctors, farmers, advising, all agreeing, too, and at last succeeding: unity, a rare thing in revo. lutionary councils, ever prevailing. Washington did not stir from this Longfellow's house till he could go in triumph. It is no wonder, then, that Americans visit this old place with mingled feelings—that they find here a reminiscence as well as an attractive presence; and while gazing at the home of the first of native poets, revert to that troublous time when there was for Amerio, but the grilu poetry of war.
4. SHOULD you ask
e, whence these stories? Whence these legends and traditions, With the Ödours of the forest, With the dew and damp of meadows, With the cijrling smöké of wigwams, With the rushing of great rivers, With their frequent repetitions, And their wild reverbérations, 9; a , , As of thunder in the mountains?
I should answer, I should te]] you,
“From the forests and the práiries,
. Feeds among the reeds and rishes.
&o. 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 forest, In the lodges § the bêaver, In the hôof-prints of the bison, In the eyrie of the £agle! ..., “All the wild-föwl sang them to him, In the moorlands and the fenlands, In the melancholy marshes: * . Chetowaik, the plover, sang them, *# the loon, the wild goose, Wawa, The blue heron, the Shuh-shuh-gah, And the grötise, the Mushkodasa." If still further you should ask me, Saying, “Who was Nawadaha : Tell us of this Nawadaha,” I should answer your inquiries in such words as follow. “In the Văle of Tawasentha, In the green and silent välléy, By the pleasant water-courses, Dwelt the singer Nawadaha. Round about the Indian village Spread the meadows awd the corn-fields, And beyond them stood the forest, Stood the gröves of singing pine-trees, Green in Summer, white in Winter,
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#. ever singing, “And the pleasant water-courses, You could trace them through the valley, IBy the rushing in the Spring-time. By the ālders in the Summer," By the white fog in the Autumn, By the black line in the Winter; And beside them dwelt the singer, In the Vale of Tawasentha, In the green and silent valley. “There he sang of Hiawatha, Sang the Song of Hiawatha, Sang his wondrous birth and being, How he o and how he fasted, How he lived, and toiled, and suffered,
* See Vocabulary, at the end of Poem.
| Love the wind among the branches,
That the tribes of men might prosper, That he might advance his people!” Ye who love the haunts o Nature, Love the sunshine of the meadow, Love the shadow of the forest,
And the rain-shower and the snow-storin,