When he heard the owls at midnight

SONG OF H IAWATHA , T HE

When he heard the owls at midnight,

Hooting, laughing in the forest,

" What is that? " he cried in terror;

" What is that? " he said, " Nokomis? "

And the good Nokomis answered:

" That is but the owl and owlet,

Talking in their native language,

Talking, scolding at each other. "

Then the little Hiawatha

Learned of every bird its language,

Learned their names and all their secrets,

How they built their nests in Summer,

Where they hid themselves in Winter,

Talked with them whene'er he met them,

Called them " Hiawatha's Chickens. "

Of all beasts he learned the language,

Learned their names and all their secrets,

How the beavers built their lodges,

Where the squirrels hid their acorns,

How the reindeer ran so swiftly,

Why the rabbit was so timid,

Talked with them whene'er he met them,

Called them " Hiawatha's Brothers. "

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