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Epitaph on a Hare

By Cowper, William

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Book Id: WPLBN0000247657
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: Epitaph on a Hare  
Author: Cowper, William
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: Nor swifter greyhound follow, // Whose footprints ne'er tainted morning dew, (scented) // Nor ear heard huntsman's Hallo, // Old Tiney, surliest of his kiond, // Who, nurs'd with tender care, // And to domestic bounds confin'd, // Was still a wild jack-hare. // Though duly from my hand he took // His pittance ev'ry night, // He did it with a jealous look, // And, when he could, would bite. // His diet was of wheaten bread, // And milk, and oats, and straw, // Thistles, or lettuces instead, // With sand to scour his maw. // On twigs of hawthorn he regal'd, // On pippins' russet peel; // And, when his juicy salads fail'd, // Slic'd carrot pleas'd him well. // A Turkey carpet was his lawn, // Whereon he lov'd to bound, // To skip and gambol like a fawn, // And swing his rump around. // His frisking was at evening hours, // For then he lost his fear; // But most before approaching showers, // Or when a storm drew near. // Eight years and five round-rolling moons // He thus saw steal away, // Dozing out his idle noons...


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