CANADIAN BALLADS,

AND

OCCASIONAL VERSES.

By Thomas D’Arcy McGee


 

THE ARCTIC INDIAN’S FAITH.



I.


We worship the spirit that walks unseen
Through our land of ice and snow:
We know not His face, we know not His place,
But His presence and power we know.


II.


Does the Buffalo need the Pale-face word

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To find his pathway far?
What guide has he to the hidden ford,
Or where the green pastures are?
Who teacheth the Moose that the hunter’s gun
Is peering out of the shade—

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Who teacheth the doe and the fawn to run
In the track the Moose has made? (8) [Page 29]


III.


Him do we follow, Him do we fear—
The spirit of earth and sky;—
Who hears with the Wapiti’s* eager ear

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His poor red children’s cry.
Whose whisper we note in every breeze
That stirs the birch canoe—
Who hangs the reindeer moss on the trees
For the food of the Caribou. (9)

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IV.


That Spirit we worship who walks unseen
Through our land of ice and snow:
We know not His face, we know not His place,
But His presence and power we know. [Page 30]



* Wapiti—the Elk. [back]