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To homely joys and loves and friendships
Ran back and left thee always young.
And who could blame the generous weakness
So overprized the worth of others,
And dwarfed thy own with self-distrust?
All hearts grew warmer in the presence
Thy greeting smile was pledge and prelude
The task was thine to mould and fashion
And light with thought the maiden's face.
O'er all the land, in town and prairie,
With bended heads of mourning, stand The living forms that owe their beauty And fitness to thy shaping hand.
Thy call has come in ripened manhood,
The noonday calm of heart and mind, While I, who dreamed of thy remaining To mourn me, linger still behind:
Live on, to own, with self-upbraiding,
lt was not mine among thy kindred
All day the sea-waves sobbed with sorrow,
With thine upon thy homestead hills.
Green be those hill-side pines forever,
Still let them greet thy life companions
A tender memory sadly sweet.
O friend! if thought and sense avail not
I trust the instincts of my heart.
Thine be the quiet habitations,
Thine the green pastures, blossom-sown, And smiles of saintly recognition,
As sweet and tender as thy own.
Thou com'st not from the hush and shadow
SUNG AT CHRISTMAS BY THE SCHOLARS OF ST. HELENA'S
O NONE in all the world before
Thou Friend and Helper of the poor,
To open every prison door,
Bend low thy pitying face and mild,
We hear no more the driver's horn,
The very oaks are greener clad,
We praise thee in our songs to-day,
Make swift the feet and straight the way
Of freedom unto all.
Come once again, O blessed Lord!
That sets the islands free!
NOTE 1, page 5.
Winnepurkit, otherwise called George, Sachem of Saugus, married a daughter of Passaconaway, the great Pennacook chieftain, in 1662. The wedding took place at Pennacook (now Concord, N. H.), and the ceremonies closed with a great feast. According to the usages of the chiefs, Passaconaway ordered a select number of his men to accompany the newly-married couple to the dwelling of the husband, where in turn there was another great feast. Some time after, the wife of Winnepurkit expressing a desire to visit her father's house, was permitted to go accompanied by a brave escort of her husband's chief men. But when she wished to return, her father sent a messenger to Saugus, informing her husband, and asking him to come and take her away. He returned for answer that he had escorted his wife to her father's house in a style that became a chief, and that now if she wished to return, her father must send her back in the same way. This Passaconaway refused to do, and it is said that here terminated the connection of his daughter with the Saugus chief.- Vide Morton's New Canaan.
NOTE 2, page 11.
This was the name which the Indians of New England gave to two or three of their principal chiefs, to whom all their inferior sagamores acknowledged allegiance. Passaconaway seems to have been one of these chiefs. His residence was at Pennacook.-Mass. Hist. Coll., vol. iii., pp. 21, 22. "He was regarded," says Hubbard, 66 as a great sorcerer, and his fame was widely spread. It was said of him that he could cause a green leaf to grow in winter, trees to dance, water to burn, &c. He was, undoubtedly, one of those shrewd and powerful men whose achievements are always regarded by a barbarous people