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Poem by Duncan Campbell Scott


The Onondaga Madonna


She stands full-throated and with careless pose,
This woman of a weird and waning race,
The tragic savage lurking in her face,
Where all her pagan passion burns and glows;
Her blood is mingled with her ancient foes,
And thrills with war and wildness in her veins;
Her rebel lips are dabbled with the stains
Of feuds and forays and her fathers woes.

And closer in the shawl about her breast,
The latest promise of her nations doom,
Paler than she her baby clings and lies,
The primal warrior gleaming from his eyes;
He sulks, and burdened with his infant gloom,
He draws his heavy brows and will not rest.



Duncan Campbell Scott


Duncan Campbell Scott's other poems:
  1. The Height of Land
  2. The Sea by the Wood
  3. At William Maclennan's Grave
  4. In Snow-Time
  5. From Shadow


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