Shawnee Chief Tecumseh
So live your life that the fear of death can
Never enter your heart. Trouble no one about
Their religion; respect others in their view, and demand
That they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life,
beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long
its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare
A noble death song for the day when you go over
The great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when
Meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger,
When in a lonely place. Show respect to all People and gravel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks
For the food and the joy of living. If you see no reason
For giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.
Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise
ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like
Those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death,
So that when their time comes they weep and pray
For a little more time to live their lives over again
In a different way. Sing your death song and die
Like a hero going home.