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It was not mine among thy kindred
To join the silent funeral prayers, But all that long sad day of summer
My tears of mourning dropped with theirs. All day the sea-waves sobbed with sorrow,
The birds forgot their merry trills; All day I heard the pines lamenting
With thine upon thy homestead hills. Green be those hill-side pines forever,
And green the meadowy lowlands be, And green
the old memorial beeches, Name-carven in the woods of Lee !
Still let them greet thy life companions
Who thither turn their pilgrim feet, In every mossy line recalling
A tender memory sadly sweet.
O friend ! if thought and sense avail not
To know thee henceforth as thou art, That all is well with thee forever
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 To meet us,
but to thee we come; With thee we never can be strangers,
And where thou art must still be home!
SUNG AT CHRISTMAS BY THE SCHOLARS OF ST. HELENA'S
ISLAND, S. c.
Were ever glad as we!
We're all at home and free.
Thou Friend and Helper of the poor,
Who suffered for our sake,
And every yoke to break !
And help us sing and pray;
Upon our foreheads lay.
No more the whip we fear,
Was never half so dear.
The very oaks are greener clad,
The waters brighter smile; O never shone a day so glad,
On sweet St. Helen's Isle.
We praise thee in our songs to-day,
To thee in prayer we call,
Of freedom unto all.
Come once again, O blessed Lord !
Come walking on the sea !
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.,
“He was regarded," says Hubbard, 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
pp. 21, 22.
as the result of supernatural aid. The Indians gave to such the names of Powahs or Panisees."
“ The Panisees are men of great courage and wisdom, and to these the Devill appeareth more familiarly than to others."- Winslow's Relation.
Note 8, page 16. “ The Indians,"says Roger Williams," have a god whom they call Wetuomanit, who presides over the household ”
NOTE 4, page 19. There are rocks in the River at the Falls of Amoskeag, in the cavities of which, tradition says the Indians for merly stored and concealed their corn.
Note 5, page 23.
NOTE 6, page 27. “ Mat wonck kunna-monee." We shall see thee or her no more.- Vide Roger Williams's“ Key to the Indian Language.”
Note 7, page 28. “ The Great South West God.”—See Roger Williams's Observations,” &c.
NOTE 8, page 31. Mogg MEGONE, or Hegone, was a leader among the Saco Indians, in the bloody war of 1677. He attacked and captured the garrison at Black Point, October 12th of that year; and cut off, at the same time, a party of Englishmen near Saco River. From a deed signed by this Indian in 1664, and from other circumstances, it seems that, previous to the war, he had mingled much with the colonists. On this account, he was probably selected by the principal sachems as their agent, in the treaty signed in November, 1676.
NOTE 9, page 32. Baron de St. Castine came to Canada in 1644. Leaving his civilized companions, he plunged into the great wilder