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O, ancestor
of the deep North
Say, how did you fare
across the vast expanses white
Of knee-deep snow, trees black and bare 

O, ancestor
watcher of your herd
Say, how did you survive
burning cold, marrow-and-bone deep
Keeping all your reindeer alive

O, ancestor,
speaker of another tongue
Say, how did you love
sheltered only by wooden tent
At the Polar circle and above

O, ancestor
survivor of harsh wilderness
Say, how did you give
to me your strength of mountain birchs
And your never dying will, to live

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