A Dramatization of Longfellow's Hiawatha
Excerpt from A Dramatization of Longfellow's Hiawatha: A Spectacular Drama in Six Acts, Delineating the Characteristics and Customs of the Native North American Indian To ye whose hearts are fresh and simpleWho have faith in God and Nature, Who believe that in all agesEvery human heart is human, That in even savage bosomsThere are longings, yearnings, strivingsFor the good they comprehend not, That the feeble hands and helpless, Groping blindly in the darkness, Touch God's right hand in that darknessAnd are lifted up and strengthened, Is Submitted this portrayal of the primitive life of the American Indians in their native forest home. Fully realizing how rapidly the race is becoming extinct before the onward march of civilizing influences, and how little the people of this and other countries really know of such customs, dress, and peculiarities, it is believed this spectacular drama will be found historical, an educator to the young and interesting to all. In thus depicting the higher and better life of the Indian race, their mode of living, dress, pastimes, feats of skill, dances, wooings, wedding feasts, festivities, death scenes and legends, the author has adhered to the original language of the poem as closely as is consistent with a faithful dramatization thereof. This is the first and only known drama of this kind or character in existence, and no other subject, throughout the wide and varied field of poetry, offers like opportunities to the facile pen of the skilled playwright. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.