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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Prayer to the Mountain Spirit
By Mary Austin
 
From the Navajo

  LORD of the Mountain,
Reared within the Mountain,
Young Man, Chieftain,
Hear a young man’s prayer!
 
  Hear a prayer for cleanness.        5
Keeper of the strong rain
Drumming on the mountain,
Lord of the small rain
That restores the earth in newness,
Keeper of the clean rain,        10
Hear a prayer for wholeness.
 
  Young Man, Chieftain,
Hear a prayer for fleetness.
Keeper of the deer’s way,
Reared among the eagles,        15
Clear my feet of slothness.
Keeper of the paths of men,
Hear a prayer for straightness.
 
  Hear a prayer for braveness.
Lord of the thin peaks,        20
Reared amid the thunders,
Keeper of the headlands
That uphold the earth in harvest,
Keeper of the strong rocks
Hear a prayer for staunchness.        25
 
  Young Man, Chieftain,
Spirit of the Mountain!
 
 
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