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, Unreaped, upon the planting lands,

The scant, neglected harvest stands:

No shout is there — no dance — no song:
The aspect of the very child
Scowls with a meaning sad and wild

Of bitterness and wrong.
The almost infant Norridgewock
Essays to lift the tomahawk;
And plucks his fathers knife away,
To mimic, in his frightful play,

The scalping of an English foe:
Wreaths on his lip a horrid smile,
Burns, like a snake's, his small eye, while

Some bough or sapling meets his blow.
The fisher, as he drops his line,
Starts, when he sees the hazles quiver
Along the margin of the river,
Looks up and down the ripling tide,
Aud grasps the firelock at his side.
For Bomazeen * from Tacconock
Has sent his runners to Norridgewock,
With tidings that Moulton and Harmon of York

Far up the river have come: [wood,
They have left their boats — they have entered the
And filled the depths of the solitude

With the sound of the ranger's drum.

On the brow of a hill, which slopes to meet
The flowing river, and bathe its feet —
The bare-washed rock, and the drooping grass,
And the creeping vine, as the waters pass —
A rude and unshapely chapel stands,
Built up in that wild by unskilled hands;
Yet the traveller knows it a place of prayer,
For the holy sign of the cross is there:

* Bomazeen is spoken of by Penhallow, as "the famous warrior and chieftain of Norridgewock." Ho was killed in the attack of the English upon Norridgewock, in 1724.

And should he chance at that place to be,

Of a sabbath morn, or some hallowed day,
When prayers are made and masses are said,
Some for the living and some for the dead,
Well might that traveller start to see

The tall dark forms, that take their way
From the birch canoe, on the river-shore,
And the forest paths, to that chapel door;
And marvel to mark the naked knees

And the dusky foreheads bending there,
While, in coarse white vesture, over these

In blessing or in prayer,
Stretching abroad his thin pale hands,
Like a shrouded ghost, the Jesuit* stands.

* Pore Ralle, or Rusies, was one of the most zealous and indefatigable of that band of Jesnit missionaries who, at the beginning of the seventeenth century, penetrated the forests of America, with the avowed object of converting the heathen. The first religious mission of thft Jesuits, tn tbe savages in North America, was in 1611. The zeal of the fathers for the conversion of the Indians to the Catholic faith, knew no bounds. For this, they plunged into the depths of the wilderness; habitnated themselves to all the hardships and privations of the natives; suffered cold, hunger, and some of them death itself, by the extrcmest tortures. Pere Brebeuf, after laboring in the cause of his mission for twenty years, together with his companion, Pere Lallamant, was burned alive. To these might be added the names of those Jesuits who were put to death by the Iroquois — Daniel, Garnier, Butcaux, La Riborerde, Goupil, Constantin, and Liegeouis. Tor bed," says Father Lallamant, in his Relation de ce qui s'est dam le pays des Hurons, 1640, c 3, "we have nothing but a miserable piece of bark of a tree; for nourishment, a handful or two of corn, either roasted or soaked in water, which seldom satisfies our hunger; and after all, not venturing to perform even the ceremonies of our religion, without being considered as sorcerers." Their success among the natives, however, by no means equalled their exertions. Pere Lallamant says — " With respect to adult persons, in good health, there is little apparent success; on the contrary, there have been nothing but storms and whirlwinds from that quarter."

Scbastien Ralle established himself, sometime about the year 1670, at Norridgewock, where he continued more than forty years. He was accused, and perhaps not without justice, of exciting his praying Indians against the English, whom he looked upon as the enemies not only of his king, but also of the Catholic religion. He was killed by the English, in 1724, at the foot of the cross, which his own hands had planted. This Indian church was broken up, and its members either killed outright or dispersed.

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