The Dying Hunter to his Dog

By Susanna Moodie 1803–1885 Susanna Moodie
Lie down—lie down!—my noble hound,
         That joyful bark give o’er;
It wakes the lonely echoes round,
         But rouses me no more—
Thy lifted ears, thy swelling chest,
         Thy eyes so keenly bright,
No longer kindle in my breast
         The thrill of fierce delight;
When following thee on foaming steed
My eager soul outstripped thy speed—

Lie down—lie down—my faithful hound!
         And watch this night by me,
For thee again the horn shall sound
         By mountain, stream, and tree;
And thou along the forest glade,
         Shall track the flying deer
When cold and silent, I am laid
         In chill oblivion here.
Another voice shall cheer thee on,
And glory when the chase is won.

Lie down—lie down!—my gallant hound!
         Thy master’s life is sped;
Go—couch thee on the dewy ground—
         ’Tis thine to watch the dead.
But when the blush of early day
         Is kindling up the sky,
Then speed thee, faithful friend, away,
         And to thy mistress hie;
And guide her to this lonely spot,
Though my closed eyes behold her not—

Lie down—lie down!—my trusty hound!
         Death comes, and we must part—
In my dull ear strange murmurs sound—
         More faintly throbs my heart;
The many twinkling lights of heaven
         Scarce glimmer in the blue—
Chill round me falls the breath of even,
         Cold on my brow the dew;
Earth, stars, and heavens, are lost to sight—
The chase is o’er!—brave friend, good night!—

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Poet Susanna Moodie 1803–1885

POET’S REGION Canada

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Sports & Outdoor Activities, Living, Pets, Relationships, Death, Activities

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Dramatic Monologue

Biography

Susanna Moodie's importance in Canadian literary history derives partly from her prominence as a contributor to the Literary Garland, the most successful literary periodical in the British North American provinces in the mid nineteenth century, but mostly from the quality of her classic settlement narrative Roughing It in the Bush (1852) and its first sequel, Life in the Clearings (1853). The former work in particular has . . .

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SUBJECT Sports & Outdoor Activities, Living, Pets, Relationships, Death, Activities

POET’S REGION Canada

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Dramatic Monologue

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