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Dog's Book of Verse

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By: (1873-1937)

It is not surprising that dogs, beloved by so many, have received many poetic tributes throughout history. Here the author has gathered together short verses celebrating dogs. From the well-known poets to the less-known, each verse honors our canine friends.

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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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