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Burial of the Minnisink Analysis

Author: Poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Type: Poetry Views: 297

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On sunny slope and beechen swell,

The shadowed light of evening fell;

And, where the maple's leaf was brown,

With soft and silent lapse came down,

The glory, that the wood receives,

At sunset, in its golden leaves.

Far upward in the mellow light

Rose the blue hills.One cloud of white,

Around a far uplifted cone,

In the warm blush of evening shone;

An image of the silver lakes,

By which the Indian's soul awakes.

But soon a funeral hymn was heard

Where the soft breath of evening stirred

The tall, gray forest; and a band

Of stern in heart, and strong in hand,

Came winding down beside the wave,

To lay the red chief in his grave.

They sang, that by his native bowers

He stood, in the last moon of flowers,

And thirty snows had not yet shed

Their glory on the warrior's head;

But, as the summer fruit decays,

So died he in those naked days.

A dark cloak of the roebuck's skin

Covered the warrior, and within

Its heavy folds the weapons, made

For the hard toils of war, were laid;

The cuirass, woven of plaited reeds,

And the broad belt of shells and beads.

Before, a dark-haired virgin train

Chanted the death dirge of the slain;

Behind, the long procession came

Of hoary men and chiefs of fame,

With heavy hearts, and eyes of grief,

Leading the war-horse of their chief.

Stripped of his proud and martial dress,

Uncurbed, unreined, and riderless,

With darting eye, and nostril spread,

And heavy and impatient tread,

He came; and oft that eye so proud

Asked for his rider in the crowd.

They buried the dark chief; they freed

Beside the grave his battle steed;

And swift an arrow cleaved its way

To his stern heart!One piercing neigh

Arose, and, on the dead man's plain,

The rider grasps his steed again.


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Just beautiful. I love to hear the story binehd the great writers, and artists. Thank you. Beautiful and poignant. How the songs penned for hymns and carols are so full of powerful theology. I really love them...

| Posted on 2013-11-16 | by a guest

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- Hi, Jackie and Jodie- good to hear from you! I have been searching for that dahila's name and can't find it anywhere but I know that I got it from swan island dahilas Have fun searching! x x

| Posted on 2013-11-14 | by a guest

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I love reading the stoires behind so many of the Hymns. You know they came from people just like you and me, living out their life and faith in Christ, through good times and bad, "looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of their faith." Thank you for the beautiful graphics and hymns. Merry Christmas.

| Posted on 2013-11-14 | by a guest

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Hi Abby, surfed over from Shaz in Oz. Thank you so much for this so btaueiful, and informative post. At the present time, with the tragedy in Connecticut, this post was a balm to my heart. I KNOW that God is in charge, things happen as He plans, but Man gets in the way with his meanness. It is uplifting to read once again, & to be reminded: Have faith, we are in His Arms...He alone will not fail us. Thank you so much. I needed to read this today, and I did not know the story behind the song. Which is one of my favorite carols. Merry Christmas.

| Posted on 2013-11-13 | by a guest

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Sandy Schneider - So we're not the only ones that love Shady Glen. Sometimes when we're in CT ~ we just HAVE to go for old times sake (also the awesome cheerebusgers) and that was the case just a few days ago!Love it and their minestrone soup hasn't changed one iota in so many years. Great pics as usual, Betsy. Waiting to see the wedding ones . . . . that was one happy bride and groom! ;^)

| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest

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this was thought though very well and it is a wonderful poem to read and so an ummm.project on. for most people can see much farther into it. i can't so all i really have to say it was worth reading.
if you jumped to the comments please read it.

| Posted on 2008-06-03 | by a guest

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