Her Moods of Shade and Sunshine

Only once he paused or halted,
Paused to purchase heads of arrows
Of the ancient Arrow-maker,
In the land of the Dacotahs,
Where the falls of Minnehaha
Flash and gleam in shining reaches,
Leap and laugh among the woodlands.

There the ancient Arrow-maker
Made his arrow-heads of sandstone,
Arrow-heads of chalcedony,
Arrow-heads of flint and jasper,
Smoothed and sharpened at the edges,
Hard and polished, keen and costly.

 

The Songs of Hiawatha. Cover by Alphonse Mucha. Published by Henry Altemus & Co

 

With him dwelt his dark-eyed daughter,
Wayward as the Minnehaha,
With her moods of shade and sunshine,
Eyes that smiled and frowned alternate,
Feet as rapid as the river,
Tresses flowing like the water,
And as musical a laughter

And he named her from the river,
From the water-fall he named her,
Minnehaha, Laughing Water.

From The Song of Hiawatha
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Illustrations from the The Story of Hiawatha Adapted from Longfellow by Winston Stokes Published by Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1910 and an old map.