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Kc 1963ept. 9, 1889.

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The story of “EvANGELINE" is founded on a painful occurrence which took place in the early period of British colonization in the Northern part of America.

In the year 1713, Acadia, or as it is now named, Nova Scotia, was ceded to Great Britain by the French. The wishes of the inhabitants seem to have been little consulted in the change, and they with great difficulty were induced to take the oaths of allegiance to the British government. Some time after this, war having again broken out between the French and Britishin Canada, the Acadians were accused of having assisted the French, from whom they were descended and connected by many ties of friendship, with provisions and ammunition at the siege of Beau Séjour. Whether the accusation was founded on fact or not, has not been satisfactorily ascertained; the result however, was most disastrous to the primitive, simple-minded Acadians. The British government ordered them to be removed from their homes and dispersed throughout the other colonies, at a distance from their much-loved land. This resolution was not communicated to the inhabitants till measures had been matured to carry it into immediate effect; when the Governor of the colony, having issued a summons calling the whole people tɔ a meeting, informed them that their lands, tenements, and cattle of all kinds were forfeited to the British crown, that he had orders to remove them in vessels to distant colonies, and they must remain in custody till their embarkation.

The poem is descriptive of the fate of some of the persons involved in these calamitous proceedings.




HIS is the forest primeval. The murmuring

pines and the hemlocks, Bearded with moss, and in garments green, in

distinct in the twilight, Stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and

prophetic, Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on

their bosoms. Loud from its rocky caverns, the deep-voiced

neighboring ocean Speaks, and in accents disconsolate answers the

wail of the forest.

This is the forest primeval ; but where are the

hearts that beneath it Leaped like the roe, when he hears in the woodland

the voice of the huntsman ? Where is the thatch-roofed village, the home of

Acadian farmers,Men whose lives glided on like rivers that water

the woodlands, Darkened by shadows of earth, but reflecting an

image of heaven?

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