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Whose voice I hear in the winds,

Whose breath gives life to the world, hear me . . .


I am small and weak.

I need your strength and wisdom.


May I walk in beauty.

Make my eyes behold the red and purple sunset.


Make my hands respect the things you have made,

and my ears sharp to hear your voice.


Make me wise so that I may know

the things you have taught your children,

the lessons you have written in every leaf and rock.


Make me strong, not to be superior to my brothers,

but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.


Make me ready to come to you with straight eyes

so that when life fades as the fading sunset

my spirit may come to you without shame.


                                                                                        Chief Yellow Lark, Sioux, 1887


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