A Song of Greatness

The Last of the Buffalo. Albert Bierstadt. 1888.


A Song of Greatness

A Chippewa Indian Song translated by Mary Austin


When I hear the old men

Telling of heroes,

Telling of great deeds

Of ancient days,

When I hear them telling,

Then I think within me

I too am one of these.


When I hear the people

Praising the great ones,

Then I know that I too

Shall be esteemed,

I too when my time comes

Shall do mightily.

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