<> Hewitt001 A Little People John Hewitt Estate 1986 Linen Hall Library Wednesday, March 16, 2016 TIFF Hewitt001 Manuscript Outnumbered, History, Migration English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/hewitt001 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Hewitt001_0.jpg LHL Archive John Hewitt A Little People We are a little people, in this island would be outnumbered by an older stock whose history's too confused to understand whose faith's deep grounded on an ancient rock. In this northeastern corner not outfaced, we've hugged our sod for nigh four hundred years since the last ripples of migration placed our grip upon this soil that once was theirs. Here we have our own tribal rituals bonfires and banners drums fifes marching men which every year each summer season calls the ancient standards to unfurl again for battles when we won our victories for the free spirit and the open mind - names only now blown upon the breeze their valiant freedoms blurred and ill defined. Yet for an age we saw ourselves a part of a world-striding empire's endless prime, great ships, fine linen, shewed our skill and art that should, we thought, outlast the drift of time. But now that empire-commonwealth runs down; new flags, new faces fill the halls of state and in embattled country alone we misbelieve these vagaries of fate. Text