The Dogs Book of Verse

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Title: The Dog's Book of Verse
Author: Various
Release Date: September 9, 2006 [EBook #19226]
Language: English
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The Dog's Book
of Verse
Collected by
J. Earl Clauson
"'I never barked when out of season;?I never bit without a reason;?I ne'er insulted weaker brother,?Nor wronged by fraud or force another;'?Though brutes are placed a rank below,?Happy for man could he say so."
[Illustration: Crest]
Boston?Small, Maynard & Company?Publishers
Copyright, 1916
Matthew Arnold, explaining why those were his most popular poems which dealt with his canine pets, Geist, Kaiser, and Max, said that while comparatively few loved poetry, nearly everyone loved dogs.
The literature of the Anglo-Saxon is rich in tributes to the dog, as becomes a race which beyond any other has understood and developed its four-footed companions. Canine heroes whose intelligence and faithfulness our prose writers have celebrated start to the memory in scores--Bill Sykes's white shadow, which refused to be separated from its master even by death; Rab, savagely devoted; the immortal Bob, "son of battle"--true souls all, with hardly a villain among them for artistic contrast. Even Red Wull, the killer, we admire for his courage and lealty.
Within these covers is a selection from a large body of dog verse. It is a selection made on the principle of human appeal. Dialect, and the poems of the earlier writers whose diction strikes oddly on our modern ears, have for the most part been omitted. The place of such classics as may be missed is filled by that vagrant verse which is often most truly the flower of inspiration.
We Meet at Morn _Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley_ 3
The Lost Puppy _Henry Firth Wood_ 5
A Laugh in Church _Anonymous_ 8
Treasures _Anonymous_ 10
That There Long Dog _Alice Gill Ferguson_ 11
My Friend _Anonymous_ 12
Ted _Maxine Anna Buck_ 14
Little Lost Pup _Anonymous_ 16
My Brindle Bull-Terrier _Coletta Ryan_ 18
Lauth _Robert Burns_ 20
The Drowned Spaniel _Charles Tennyson Turner_ 21
Cluny _William Croswell Doane_ 25
The Best Friend _Meribah Abbott_ 26
My Dog and I _Alice J. Chester_ 27
My Gentleman _Anonymous_ 29
The Dead Boy's Portrait and His Dog _Gerald Massey_ 31
Advice to a Dog Painter _Jonathan Swift_ 33
Mercy's Reward _Sir Edwin Arnold_ 34
Beau and the Water Lily _William Cowper_ 37
Petronius _Frederic P. Ladd_ 39
My Dog _Joseph M. Anderson_ 40
Charity's Eye _William Rounseville Alger_ 42
To Blanco _J.G. Holland_ 44
The Ould Hound _Arthur Stringer_ 46
The Miser's Only Friend _George Crabbe_ 48
Poor Dog Tray _Thomas Campbell_ 51
My Comforter _Anonymous_ 53
The Little White Dog _May Ellis Nichols_ 54
The Irish Greyhound _Katherine Phillips_ 55
The Vagabonds _J.T. Trowbridge_ 57
In Cineam _Sir John Davies_ 62
Old Matthew's Dog _Anonymous_ 63
A Dog and a Man _Anonymous_ 67
Rover-Dog _Marie Louise Tompkins_ 68
Horse, Dog and Man _S.E. Kiser_ 70
The Best Dog _Anonymous_ 73
C?sar, King Edward's Dog _O. Middleton_ 75
Just Our Dog _Anonymous_ 76
Ragged Rover _Leslie Clare Manchester_ 78
To Flush, My Dog _Elizabeth Barrett Browning_ 80
Frances _Richard Wightman_ 86
To My Setter, Scout _Frank H. Selden_ 88
Why Strik'st Thou Me? _Nathan Haskell Dole_
(_Translator_) 90

Consolation _Howard C. Kegley_ 92

Argus _Alexander Pope_ 93

Chained in the Yard _Anonymous_ 94

Why the Dog's Nose is Cold
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