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Peeping and creeping about from bush to tree in the forest, Feigning to look for game, with arrows set on their
Drawing about him still closer and closer the net of their ambush.
But undaunted he stood, and dissembled and treated'
them smoothly; So the old chronicles say, that were writ in the days of the fathers.
I But when he heard their defiance, the boast, the taunt
and the insult,
All the hot blood of his race, of Sir Hugh and of Thurston de Standish, 795
Boiled and beat in his heart, and swelled in the veins of his temples.
Headlong he leaped on the boaster, and, snatching his knife from its Scabbard,
Plunged it into his heart, and, reeling backward, the
Fell with his face to the sky, and a fiendlike fierceness upon it.
Straight there arose from the forest the awful sound of the war-whoop, 800
And, like a flurry of snow on the whistling wind of December,
Swift and sudden and keen came a flight of feathery arrows.
Then came a cloud of smoke, and out of the cloud came the lightning,
Out of the lightning thunder; and death unseen ran before it.
'Frightened the savages fled for shelter in swamp and
in thicket, 305
Hotly pursued and beset; but their sachem, the brave Wattawamat, ‘
Fled not; he was dead. Unswerving and swift had a bullet
Passed through his brain, and he fell with both hands clutching the greensward,
Seeming in death to hold back from his foe the land
' of his fathers.
There on the flowers of the meadow the warriors
lay, and above them, 810
Silent, with folded arms, stood Hobomok, friend of the white man.
803, W What is the meaning of these lines? This was the only actual battle which the Pilgrims fought with the Indians for over half a century.
809 It is possible that even at this early day the Indians had decided that the white men were come to deprive them of their land. It became their fixed idea in later times.
Smiling at length he exclaimed to the stalwart Captain of Plymouth:
“Pecksuot bragged very loud, of 'his courage, his strength and his stature, —
Mocked the great Captain, and called him a little man; but I see now
Big enough have you been to lay him speechless before you ! ” 815
Thus the first battle was fought and won by the
stalwart Miles Standish.
When the tidings thereof were brought to the village of Plymouth,
And as a trophy of war the head of the brave Wattawamat
Scowled from the roof of the fort, which at once was a church and a fortress,
All who beheld it rejoiced, and praised the Lord, and took courage. 82o Only Priscilla averted her face from this spectre of terror,
319’ 819 Trophy of war: this would be thought a horrible thing to do now, but the English people were then so used to it that it did not shock them. Much later than this, in 1660, when Charles II was restored to the throne, the body of the great Cromwell was torn out of its grave and hung on a gibbet.
Thanking God in her heart that she had not married Miles Standish;
Shrinking, fearing almost, lest, coming home from his battles,
He should lay claim to her hand, as the prize and reward of his valor.
Month after month passed away, and in autumn the ships of the merchants , 825
Game with kindred and friends, with cattle and corn for the Pilgrims.
52-5 Ships: the Anne and the Little James which really came in 1623.
3% Cattle: no cattle came to the colony till 1624, though the Pilgrims had dogs, swine, and poultry. It was necessary that cattle should be brought as soon as possible. The lack of domestic animals was one reason why the Indians did not attain to a higher civilization. How did the original inhabitants of America happen to be called Indians? How do you suppose they came to be in America? Look at the map and see if they could have come from Asia? How do domestic animals help to civilize?
Corn: this must mean wheat or oats, etc. They would not be likely to obtain Indian corn from England. Before the discovery of America, the word “corn ” meant any kind of grain.
All in the village was peace; the men were intent on their labors,
Busy with hewing and building, with garden-plot and with merestead,
Busy with breaking the glebe, and mowing the grass in the meadows, '
Searching the sea for its fish, and hunting the deer in
the forest. 830 All in the village was peace; but at times the rumor of warfare Filled the air with alarm, and the apprehension of danger.
Bravely the stalwart Standish was scouring the land with his forces, Waxing valiant in fight and defeating the alien ar
mies, Till his name had become a sound of fear to the nations. 835
Anger was still in his heart, but at times the remorse and contrition
Which in all noble natures succeed the passionate outbreak,
Came like a rising tide, that encounters the rush of a river,
835 Nations: name two great Indian nations which at that time held the eastern part of America;