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INDIAN GAMES AND DANCES                121
Ho! Ye Hills, Valleys, Rivers, Lakes, Trees, Grasses, all ye of the earth,
I bid you hear me! Into your midst has come a new life; Consent ye, I implore! Make its path smooth, that it may reach the brow of the third hill!
Ho! Ye Birds, great and small, that fly in the air; Ho! Ye Animals, great and small, that dwell in the forests; Ho! Ye Insects that creep among the grasses and burrow in the ground,
I bid you hear me! Into your midst has come a new life; Consent ye, I implore! Make its path smooth, that it may reach the brow of the fourth hill!
Ho! All ye of the heavens, all ye of the air, all ye of the earth, I bid you hear me! Into your midst has come a new life; Consent ye, consent ye all, I implore! Make its path smooth — then shall it travel beyond the four hills!
In this manner the child, the "new life," was intro­duced to the Cosmos of which it was now a part. All the powers of the heavens and of the earth were in­voked to render aid to the "new life" in its onward struggle over the rugged path that traverses the four hills of life, typifying Infancy, Youth, Maturity and Old Age.
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