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The Voyageur and Other Poems   By: (1854-1907)

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[Frontispiece: "So I fill de glass an' I raise it high An' drink to de Voyageur."]

THE VOYAGEUR

AND OTHER POEMS

By William Henry Drummond, M.D.

Author of "The Habitant," "Johnnie Courteau," etc.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY

Frederick Simpson Coburn

SIXTEENTH THOUSAND

New York and London

G. P. Putnam's Sons

The Knickerbocker Press

COPYRIGHT, 1905

BY

WILLIAM HENRY DRUMMOND

Fourteenth Printing

TO

WILLIAM HENRY PARKER

LAC LA PÊCHE

Philosopher of many parts, Beloved of all true honest hearts, A man who laughs at every ill, Because "there's corn in Egypt still."

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CONTENTS

THE VOYAGEUR BRUNO THE HUNTER PRIDE DIEUDONNÉ (GOD GIVEN) THE DEVIL THE FAMILY LARAMIE YANKEE FAMILIES THE LAST PORTAGE GETTING ON PIONEERS NATURAL PHILOSOPHY CHAMPLAIN PRO PATRIA GETTING STOUT DOCTOR HILAIRE BARBOTTE (BULL POUT) THE ROSSIGNOL MEB BE SNUBBING (TYING UP) THE RAFT A RAINY DAY IN CAMP JOSETTE JOE BOUCHER CHARMETTE LAC SOUCI POIRIER'S ROOSTER DOMINIQUE HOME CANADIAN FOREVER TWINS KEEP OUT OF THE WEEDS THE HOLY ISLAND THE RIVIÈRE DES PRAIRIES THE WIND THAT LIFTS THE FOG THE FOX HUNT

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ILLUSTRATIONS

THE VOYAGEUR . . . . . . . . . . Frontispiece

" So I fill de glass an' I raise it high An' drink to de Voyageur. "

THE VOYAGEUR

" Far, far away from hees own vill age An' soun' of de parish bell. "

BRUNO THE HUNTER

" So de devil ketch heem, of course, at las'. "

THE LAST PORTAGE

" De moon an' de star above is gone, Yet somet'ing tell me I mus' go on. "

PIONEERS

" So we fin' some fence dot's handy for mese'f an' Rosalie. "

PRO PATRIA

" Jus' tell dem de news of Gédéon Plouffe How he jump wit' de familee. "

MEB BE

" Don't bodder no wan on de school Unless dey bodder heem. "

SNUBBING (TYING UP) THE RAFT

" To night I can hear hees darn ole fiddle, Playin' away on Joe Belair. "

JOSETTE

" So dat's de reason dey call Josette Leetle sister of de poor. "

CHARMETTE

" You see dat lake? Wall! I alway hate To brag but she's full of trout. "

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The Voyageur and Other Poems

The Voyageur

Dere's somet'ing stirrin' ma blood tonight, On de night of de young new year, Wile de camp is warm an' de fire is bright, An' de bottle is close at han' Out on de reever de nort' win' blow, Down on de valley is pile de snow, But w'at do we care so long we know We 're safe on de log cabane?

Drink to de healt' of your wife an' girl, Anoder wan for your frien', Den geev' me a chance, for on all de worl' I 've not many frien' to spare I 'm born, w'ere de mountain scrape de sky, An' bone of ma fader an' moder lie, So I fill de glass an' I raise it high An' drink to de Voyageur.

For dis is de night of de jour de l'an,[1] W'en de man of de Grand Nor' Wes' T'ink of hees home on de St. Laurent, An' frien' he may never see Gone he is now, an' de beeg canoe No more you 'll see wit' de red shirt crew, But long as he leev' he was alway true, So we 'll drink to hees memory.

Ax' heem de nort' win' w'at he see Of de Voyageur long ago, An' he 'll say to you w'at he say to me, So lissen hees story well "I see de track of hees botte sau vage[2] On many a hill an' long portage Far far away from hees own vill age An' soun' of de parish bell

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"I never can play on de Hudson Bay Or mountain dat lie between But I meet heem singin' hees lonely way De happies' man I know I cool hees face as he 's sleepin' dere Under de star of de Red Rivière, An' off on de home of de great w'ite bear, I 'm seein' hees dog traineau... Continue reading book >>




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