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AN OMAHA LOVE-SONG.
The words of many love-songs refer to the dawn, the time of the day when they are usually sung; but this reference is not a literal one. It figures the dawn of love in the breast of the singer. The Ind­ian stands so close to Nature that he sees his own moods reflected or interpreted in hers.
The Indian words of this song, freely translated,
are: —
As the day comes forth from night
So I come forth to seek thee. Lift thine eyes and behold him
Who comes with the day to thee.
Miss Edna Dean Proctor has rendered into charm­ing verse the scene and the feeling of the hour, giv­ing us an Indian love-song in its entirety. By her courtesy I am able to reproduce here her poem writ­ten some years ago, on hearing the melody which I had then recently transcribed during one of my sojourns among the Omaha Indians: —
Fades the star of morning,
West winds gently blow, Soft the pine-trees murmur,
Soft the waters flow. 49
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