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Flag and the Faithful

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LibriVox volunteers bring you 12 recordings of The Flag and the Faithful by William J. Lampton. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 20, 2013.William J. Lampton was the second cousin of Jane Clemens (the youngest of the three daughters of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain.)He launched his jounalist carreer in 1877 by starting the Ashland (Kentucky) Weekly Review, with his father’s money. Lampton wrote several book, as well as humorous poems he called 'yawps'. These were printed in the New York Sun and published in Yawps and Other Things ca. 1900.

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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... Continue reading book >>

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