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THE OLD MAN'S LOVE-SONG.
Early in the century there lived an Omaha Ind­ian, a tall and comely man, gifted with a fine voice and a good memory, and who was greatly ad­mired by the men and women of the tribe. Al­though genial with every one, he was reserved; and none knew all that had transpired in his life or that occupied his thoughts. He was a prosperous man. His lodge was well supplied, for his skill as a hunter was equal to his valour as a warrior.
Years passed; and here and there a silver thread glistened in his black hair, the furrows deepened in his handsome face, and more and more his thoughts seemed to dwell on the past. One day he was heard singing a love-song of his own composition, and gossip became busy as to what this song might mean. His actions threw no light on the mystery. He was the same kind husband and father, the same diligent provider, and he sought no new companion­ship. Nevertheless, at every dawn he went upon the hill near his lodge; and, while the morning star hung like a jewel in the east, he sang the melody carrying the words,—
" With the dawn I seek thee! " 77
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III