Anonymous, c. 1800-1900



Song of a Marriageable Girl


Will a man come for me?
The good spirit of the forest knows.
He could tell little Medje;
But he will not tell.
There are things it is not right to know:
If there will be dew on the grass tomorrow,
If the fish will come to the trap and be caught,
If a spell put on the gazelle
Will let my father kill it.


                    Pygmy; trans. Willard Trask


Pygmy, trans. Willard Trask, The Unwritten Song, 1967, Simon & Schuster.