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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
The Indians
By Charles Sprague (1791–1875)
 
ALAS! for them, their day is o’er,
Their fires are out on hill and shore;
No more for them the wild deer bounds,
The plough is on their hunting grounds;
The pale man’s axe rings through their woods,        5
The pale man’s sail skims o’er their floods;
Their pleasant springs are dry;
Their children,—look, by power opprest,
Beyond the mountains of the west,
Their children go to die.        10
 
 
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