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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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Far off the keen terrors of winter retire,
And the North’s dancing streamers relinquish the fire;
The sun’s genial beams swell the bud on the tree,
And Enna chants forth her wild warblings with glee.

The rein-deer unharness’d in freedom shall play,
And safely o’er Odon’s steep precipice stray;
The wolf to the forest’s recesses shall fly,
And howl to the moon as she glides through the sky.

Then haste, my fair Luah, Oh ! haste to the grove,
And pass the sweet season in rapture and love;
In youth let our bosoms in extacy glow,
For the winter of life ne’er a transport can know.

With respect to religion, I’m afraid the
Laplanders have yet much to learn: though
like every other quarter of the globe,
knowledge is making gradual advances even
here. The high Laps, as they are called,
that is, those who inhabit the mountains,
have not yet quite forgot their original
paganism, notwithstanding the great pains
that the Swedes have taken to introduce
Christianity amongst them. Many
superstitious customs still remain to proclaim the
darkness of their minds. Augury and
witchcraft make a part of their belief; they
still whisper to their rein-deer when they
undertake a journey, and address their
ancient idols for the increase and safety of

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