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Naught but tradition remains of the beautiful

village of Grand-Pré.

Ye who believe in affection that hopes, and

endures, and is patient, Ye who believe in the beauty and strength of

woman's devotion, List to the mournful tradition still sung by the

pines of the forest; List to a Tale of Love in Acadie, home of the

happy.

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PART THE FIRST.

I.

In the Acadian land, on the shores of the Ba

sin of Minas, Distant, secluded, still, the little village of

Grand-Pré Lay in the fruitful valley. Vast meadows

stretched to the eastward, Giving the village its name, and pasture to

flocks without number.

Dikes, that the hands of the farmers had raised

with labor incessant, Shut out the turbulent tides; but at stated

seasons the flood-gates

Opened, and welcomed the sea to wander at

will o'er the meadows.

West and south there were fields of flax, and

orchards and cornfields

Spreading afar and unfenced o'er the plain;

and away to the northward Blomidon rose, and the forests old, and aloft on

the mountains

Sea-fogs pitched their tents, and mists from the

mighty Atlantic

Looked on the happy valley, but ne'er from

their station descended.

There, in the midst of its farms, reposed the

Acadian village. Strongly built were the houses, with frames of

oak and of chestnut, Such as the peasants of Normandy built in the

reign of the Henries. Thatched were the roofs, with dormer-windows;

and gables projecting

Over the basement below protected and shaded

the door-way. There in the tranquil evenings of summer, when

brightly the sunset Lighted the village street, and gilded the vanes

on the chimneys, Matrons and maidens sat in snow-white caps

and in kirtles

Scarlet and blue and green, with distaffs spin

ning the golden Flax for the gossiping looms, whose noisy shut

tles within doors

Mingled their sound with the whir of the wheels

and the songs of the maidens. Solemnly down the street came the parish

priest, and the children Paused in their play to kiss the hand he ex

tended to bless them.

Reverend walked he

among them; and

up rose matrons and maidens,

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