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Enta Pat Wa Weòpsit

When the White People Arrived . . . Told by Willie Longbone (1867 - 1946) to linguist Carl Voegelin in 1939. It is copied from an old phonograph record. This story was transcribed by linguist Ives Goddard.
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English:
Long ago when the Whiteman first came over to this side of the ocean
Lenape:
Lòmëwe ènta pat wa Weòpsit wëntahkwi yu kamink
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English:
when he saw the Delaware
Lenape:
ènta neyòt Lënapeyo
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English:
They didn't know he would be coming.
Lenape:
Mata uwatuwëneyo tëli xu pan.
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English:
One man said, "There is someone who is going to be coming;
Lenape:
Kwëti lënu luwe, "Awèn ta kahta pe;
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English:
I saw him, he was swimming this direction in the water," [he told this] when he told his vision in the church.
Lenape:
neyo petashëwihëlëk mpink," ènta wënchikaneit.
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English:
The war chief said, he said, "I'll kill him!"
Lenape:
Luwe na ila, luwe hùnt, "Nihëla!"
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Then he saw the boat coming three years later.
Lenape:
Na wënemën në muxul pèchihëlak nexikahtinke.
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English:
When the boat came he said, "Here he is."
Lenape:
Pèchihëlak në muxul, luwe, "Shè yukwe nàni."
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English:
When he came then he was our brother, the chief said.
Lenape:
Pèchihëlat, na kimahtësëna ta nàni, na sakima luwe..