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The words are in the nature of a prayer, the music has the swing of a lullaby.
Kawas, thy baby is crying! Grieving sore, wailing, and weeping. Aye, forsooth! wailing and weeping, Kawas, thy baby is crying!
Then the bearers took up the "calumets" and moved with slow rhythmic steps toward the crying child, singing as they went and swaying the sacred symbols to the measure of this song. Its meaning was explained to me as follows: —
"Hah-ars (a contraction of the word meaning father) signifies Ti-ra'-wa, the power that animates all things, all animals, all men, the heavens, and the earth. Ti-ra'-wa is represented by the Hako (the 'calumets'), and it is this power which now ap­proaches to console the child."
In the music one hears the coming of Ti-ra'-wa in the footsteps of his creatures, both great and small.
Thy father is coming, E'en now he is near thee ; Cry no more: the mighty one, Thy father, is coming! no
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