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INDIAN STORY AND SONG
Upon reaching the child, the golden eagle "calumet" was gently swayed above it, while in the background the other "calumet " was waved to ward off disturbing influences, and the priests sang this song. It is said that on hearing it "the child always looks up and ceases its crying.''
The caressing, almost playful rythm of the music twines about the deep religious feeling expressed in the words, like the arms of an infant about the neck of its thoughtful, reverent parent.
Lift thine eyes, 'tis the gods who come near, Bringing thee joy, release from all pain. Sending sorrow and sighing Far from the child, Ti-ra'-wa makes fain.
Ah, you look! Surely, you know who comes, Claiming you his and bidding you rise, Blithely smiling and happy, Child of Ti-ra'-wa, Lord of the skies!