Hiawatha Up To Date

HIAWATHA UP TO DATE.
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BY GEORGE V. HOBART.

“Wed a maiden of your people,”
Warning said the old Nokomis;
“Go not eastward, go not westward
For a stranger whom we know not.”
Thus dissuading spoke Nokomis,
And young Hiawatha answered
Only this, “Dear old Nokomis,
Sure our people have no maidens,
Not one worth a bit of wampum,
For across the Gitchee Gumee,
Far across the Big Sea Water,
Dukes have come and nabbed these maidens.”
Gravely then said old Nokomis
“Surely you can find a maiden
Here among our own dear people,
Even tho’ they haven’t wampum,
Haven’t beads and shells to burn, sir!”
Smiling answered Hiawatha
“Yes, but they are all new women,
All are wearing dizzy bloomers,
Riding bikes and clad in bloomers.
I don’t want to wed a maiden
Clad in bloomers, loud old bloomers.
In the land of the Dakotahs
Lives the Arrow maker’s daughter,
Minnehaha, Laughing Water,
Handsomest of all the women;
She is not one of these new women,
Never saw a pair of bloomers.”
Still dissuading said Nokomis
“Bring not to my lodge a stranger
From the land of the Dakotahs,
That is where they make divorces.”
Laughing answered Hiawatha
“For that reason if no other
Would I wed in far Dakotah,
For if I don’t like the maiden
I can easy get divorced, see?”
“Very well, then,” said Nokomis,
“You know best, my Hiawatha,
Go and wed this Minnehaha,
Give the laugh to old Nokomis,
Yes, the laugh — the Minnehaha!”
Straightway Hiawatha did so,
Wed the maiden, Laughing Water;
And to make divorce more certain,
If divorce should e’re be needed,
Lived they after in Sioux City
In the land of the Dakotahs.

The Wellsboro Agitator (Wellsboro, Pennsylvania) Jul 29, 1896

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To read the original (Google books):

Title: THE SONG OF HIAWATHA.
Author: HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Published: 1856
Page 128 [Hiawatha’s Wooing]

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