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INDIAN GAMES AND DANCES               131
Harken! 'Twas thus it came to pass:
The Leader grasped the help sent by the gods; Henceforth he walked steadfast and strong, Leading his men through dangers drear, Knowing that naught could strike at him To whom the gods had promised victory.
Attend! Once more I change his name.
Harken! Ri-ruts'-ka-tit it was
We used to call him by, a name he won
Long days ago, marking an act
Well done by him, but now passed by.
Harken! To-day all men shall say
Harken! His act has lifted him
Where all his tribe behold a man
Clothed with new fame, strong in new strength
Gained by his deeds, blessed of the gods.
Harken! Sha-ku'-ru Wa'-ruk-ste shall he be called.
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