Pine, Rose and Fleur de Lis

by Susie Frances Harrison


 

GATINEAU POINT


 

A half-breed, slim, and sallow of face,
       Alphonse lies full length on his raft,
The hardy son of a hybrid race.

Lithe and long, with the Indian grace,
       Vers’d in the varied Indian craft,

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A half-breed, slim, and sallow of face,

He nurses within mad currents that chase—
       The swift, the sluggish—a foreign graft,
This hardy son of a hybrid race.

What southern airs, what snows embrace

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       Within his breast—soft airs that waft
The half-breed—slim, and sallow of face,

Far from the Gatineau’s foaming base!
       And what strong potion hath he quaff’d,
This hardy son of a hybrid race,

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That upon this sun-bak’d blister’d place
       He sleeps, with his hand on the burning haft,
A Metis—slim, and sallow of face,
The hardy son of a hybrid race!
 

 


 

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