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THE CHIEF’S BLOOD IN ME

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                        THE chiefs’ blood in me
                           Heightened my head
                        When bowed to beg (for thee)
                           The islesmen’s bread,
                        The chiefs’ blood in me
                           Watched while one fed.

                        The chiefs’ blood in me
                           Paced the lone hill
                        When my foe drank (to thee),
                           Drinking his fill,
                        The chiefs’ blood in me
                           Drank at thy will.

                        The chiefs’ blood in me
                           Turned no last glance
                        On my land left (for thee),
                           Field of thy chance.
                        The chiefs’ blood in me
                           Smiled unto France.

                                         SARAH ROBERTSON MATHESON.

MLA citation:

Matheson, Sarah Robertson. “The Chiefs’ Blood in Me.” The Evergreen; A Northern Seasonal, vol. 4 Winter 1896-7, p. 127. Evergreen Digital Edition, edited by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, 2016-2018. Yellow Nineties 2.0, General Editor Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Ryerson University Centre for Digital Humanities, 2019. https://1890s.ca/egv4_matheson_chief/