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Poet's Corner: The Thanksgivings

The Thanksgivings

Translated from a traditional Iroquois prayer

We who are here present thank the Great Spirit that we are here
      to praise Him.
We thank Him that He has created men and women, and ordered
      that these beings shall always be living to multiply the earth.
We thank Him for making the earth and giving these beings its products
      to live on.
We thank Him for the water that comes out of the earth and runs
      for our lands.
We thank Him for all the animals on the earth.
We thank Him for certain timbers that grow and have fluids coming
      from them for us all.
We thank Him for the branches of the trees that grow shadows
      for our shelter.
We thank Him for the beings that come from the west, the thunder
      and lightning that water the earth.
We thank Him for the light which we call our oldest brother, the sun
      that works for our good.
We thank Him for all the fruits that grow on the trees and vines.
We thank Him for his goodness in making the forests, and thank
      all its trees.
We thank Him for the darkness that gives us rest, and for the kind Being
      of the darkness that gives us light, the moon.
We thank Him for the bright spots in the skies that give us signs,
      the stars.
We give Him thanks for our supporters, who had charge of our harvests.
We give thanks that the voice of the Great Spirit can still be heard
      through the words of Ga-ne-o-di-o.
We thank the Great Spirit that we have the privilege of this pleasant
      occasion.
We give thanks for the persons who can sing the Great Spirit's music,
      and hope they will be privileged to continue in his faith.
We thank the Great Spirit for all the persons who perform the ceremonies
      on this occasion.

Harriet Maxwell Converse (1836 – 1903)

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