Flower of the foam of the waves Of the beautiful inland sea, — White as the foam that laves The ships of the Sea-Kings past, - Marvel of human hands, Wonderful, mystical, vast, The great White City stands; And the banners of all the lands Are free on the western breeze, Free as the West is free. And the throngs go up and down In the streets of the wonderful town In brotherly love and grace, — Children of every zone The light of the sun has known: And there in the Midway Place, In the House of the Unhewn Trees, There in the surging crowd, Silent, and stern, and proud, Sits Rain-in-the-Face! Why is the captive here? Is the hour of the Lord so near When slayer and slain shall meet In the place of the Judgment seat For the word of the last decree? Ah, what is that word to be? For the beautiful City stands On the Red Man’s wrested lands, The home of the fated race; And the ghostly shadow falls Over the trophied walls Of the House of the Unhewn Tree, In the pleasant Midway Place. There is blood on the broken door, There is blood on the broken floor, Blood on your bronzed hands, O Rain-in-the-Face! Shut from the sunlit air, Like a sun-god overthrown, The soldier, Custer, lies. Dust is the sun-kissed hair, Dust are the dauntless eyes, Dust and a name alone; — While the wife holds watch with grief For the never-returning chief. What if she walked to-day In the City’s pleasant way, The beautiful Midway Place, And there to her sudden gaze, Dimmed with her widow’s tears, After the terrible years, Stood Rain-in-the-Face! Quench with a drop of dew From the morning’s cloudless blue The prairies’ burning plains- The seas of seething flame; Turn from its awful path The tempest, in its wrath; Lure from his jungle-lair The tiger, crouching there For the leap on his sighted prey: Then seek as well to tame The hate in the Red Man’s veins, His tiger-thirst to cool, In the hour of the evil day When his foe before him stands! From the wrongs of the White Man’s rule Blood only may wash the trace. Alas, for the death-heaped plain! Alas, for slayer and slain! Alas for your blood-stained hands, O Rain-in-the-Face! And the throngs go up, go down, In the streets of the wonderful town; And jests of the merry tongue, And the dance, and the glad songs sung, Ring through the sunlit space. And there, in the wild, free breeze, In the House of the Unhewn Trees, In the beautiful Midway Place, The captive sits apart, Silent, and makes no sign. But what is the word in your heart, O man of a dying race? What tale on your lips for mine, O Rain-in-the-Face? * In the Midway Plaisance of the World's Fair in Chicago, in 1893, there was, by permission of the United States Government (so read the record), underguard in the log cabin owned by Sitting Bull, and in which that chief and his son were killed, the Sioux Indian immortalized by the verse of Longfellow, and whose name will go down in history as the slayer of General George A. Custer, in the fight on the Little Big Horn.