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Chants Democratic and Native American 19


I WAS looking a long while for the history of the  
 past for myself, and for these Chants—and now  
 I have found it,
It is not in those paged fables in the libraries, (them  
 I neither accept nor reject,)
It is no more in the legends than in all else, It is in the present—it is this earth to-day, It is in Democracy—in this America—the old world  
It is the life of one man or one woman to-day, the  
 average man of to-day;
It is languages, social customs, literatures, arts, It is the broad show of artificial things, ships, ma- 
 chinery, politics, creeds, modern improvements, 
 and the interchanges of nations,
All for the average man of to-day.
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