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Oh! Why Does the White Man Follow My Path, song lyrics

Song: Oh! Why Does the White Man Follow My Path?
Lyrics: Eliza Cook(1)(2)

Music: William R. Dempster(1)(3)
Year: 1846(1)
Genre:
Country: England and/or United States


Oh! why does the white man follow my path,
Like the hound on the tigers track!
Does the flush of my dark cheek waken his wrath!
Does he covet the bow on my back!
He has rivers and seas where the billows
And breeze bear riches for him alone
And the songs of the wood never plunge in the flood!
Which the white man calls his own.
Which the white man calls his own.
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Why, then should he come to the streams where none
But the red-skin dare to swim!
Why, why should he wrong the hunter one,
Who never did harm to him!
The Father above thought fit to give
The white man corn and wine;
There are golden fields where they may live,
But the forest shades are mine.
But the forest shades are mine.

The eagle hath its place of rest,
The wild horse where to dwell;
And the spirt that gave the bird its next,
Made me a home as well.
Then back go back from the red-man's track,
For the hunters eyes grow dim
To find that the white man wrongs the one
Who never did harm to him.
Who never did harm to him.


Notes:

1 - Transcribed from the music score published by Oliver Ditson, 115 Washington St., Boston, Mass.

2 - Sorry, but we can not verify if Eliza Cook, is the English author and poet, or someone else.

3 - We have no biographical information on William Dempster. If you do and would share it with us, we would appreciate that. Thank you.