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Thursday, August 23, 2007

a "poem of hunting": the 14th-century dog

A dog hath true love,
A dog hath right good understanding,
A wise dog knowest all things,
A dog hath force and kindliness,
A dog hath mettle and is comely,
A dog is in all things seemly.
A knowing dog thinketh no evil,
A dog hath a memory that forgeteth not,
I say unto you again a dog forsaketh not his duty,
Hath might and cunning therewith and a great brave heart.

Gace de la Vigne, from Poems sur la Chasse, 1359; from Faithful Friends: Dogs in Life and Literature, Frank Jackson, ed. (New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc., 1997, p. 4.

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