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Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice. Black Elk#Behold 61
Black Elk#Behold 61
I cured with the power that came through me. Black Elk#Power 57
Black Elk#Power 57
If you will read again what is written, you will see how it was. Black Elk#Again 56
Black Elk#Again 56
But I think I have done right to save the vision in this way, even though I may die sooner because I did it; for I know the meaning of the vision is wise and beautiful and good; and you can see that I am only a pitiful old man after all. Black Elk#Beautiful 55
Black Elk#Beautiful 55
After the horse dance was over, it seemed that I was above the ground and did not touch it when I walked. Black Elk#Dance 53
Black Elk#Dance 53
And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. Black Elk#All 52
Black Elk#All 52
Now suddenly there was nothing but a world of cloud, and we three were there alone in the middle of a great white plain with snowy hills and mountains staring at us; and it was very still; but there were whispers. Black Elk#Alone 50
Black Elk#Alone 50
The boys of my people began very young to learn the ways of men, and no one taught us; we just learned by doing what we saw, and we were warriors at a time when boys now are like girls. Black Elk#Men 49
Black Elk#Men 49
You remember that my great vision came to me when I was only nine years old, and you have seen that I was not much good for anything until after I had performed the horse dance near the mouth of the Tongue River during my eighteenth summer. Black Elk#Anything 46
Black Elk#Anything 46
I think I have told you, but if I have not, you must have understood, that a man who has a vision is not able to use the power of it until after he has performed the vision on earth for the people to see. Black Elk#Able 46
Black Elk#Able 46
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