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Poem by Capel Lofft
The Sports of the Field
Sports of the field!—deadly or maiming blow Aimed at a gentle bird!—the timid hare From her half slumber in warm brake to scare And drive her over the track-betraying snow To death, by chase embittered—from the bow The rook, not yet of strength to cleave the air, To slaughter trembling on the nest!—to tear The bowels of the fish deliberate, slow, Play with the agonizing worm!—to find Amusement when the dauntless fox is torn By furious dogs—or when the beauteous hind, Winged by her unavailing fears, is borne From yells of hounds and horn—or the stag dies With silent tear!—Thus man enjoys earth, water, skies!
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