Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Southward Ho! A Spell of Sunshine >> Chapter XVII / Legend of Missouri: Or, The Captive of the Pawnee >> Page 415

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription LOVE-SONG OF THE OMAHA.

How soft, and warm, and nice !--A dozen beaver skins, throe bear, A score, and more, of fox and deer,
It cost ;�a swinging price !
Yet, take it, girl of Omaha !

IV.
And here are other gifts�this bowl, Of tin�a metal, by my soul,
Most precious and most rare ;
These little bells, but hear them ting�Ting, tingle, tingle !�bird on wing
Ne'er sung so sweet and clear!
Oh ! take them girl of Omaha!

V.
Take them, and me ! For I'm the man To make you blest, if mortal can ! I'm six feet high and strong
As bull of all the buffaloes ;
I'm good for any thousand foes,
As I am good for song.
So, take me, girl of Omaha !

VI.
Take me if you are wise; and know My lodge is ready ;�such a show
Of skins, and meat, is there !
I've thirty venison hams and more, Five buffalo humps are in my store, And twice as many bear !
They're yours, sweet girl of Omaha !

VII.
Take me !�and know before we part, No other shall possess thy heart ;�I'll take his scalp who tries:
Nay thine�before I see thee won, By any but my father's son,
So listen, and be wise;
And take me, girl of Omaha!

This will be called rather a rough style of wooing, in our softly sentimental society, but, among the red men, the chant of Enemoya, on this occasion, was deemed the very perfec-