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Post by aradlaw » September 22nd, 2018, 7:47 pm

The Island Hunting-Song by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809 - 1894).

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Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. was an American physician, poet, and polymath based in Boston. A member of the Fireside Poets, he was acclaimed by his peers as one of the best writers of the day. His most famous prose works are the "Breakfast-Table" series, which began with The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858). He was also an important medical reformer. In addition to his work as an author and poet, Holmes also served as a physician, professor, lecturer and inventor and, although he never practiced it, he received formal training in law. ( Wikipedia)
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No more the summer floweret charms,
The leaves will soon be sere,
And Autumn folds his jewelled arms
Around the dying year;
So, ere the waning seasons claim
Our leafless groves awhile,
With golden wine and glowing flame
We 'll crown our lonely isle.

Once more the merry voices sound
Within the antlered hall,
And long and loud the baying hounds
Return the hunter's call;
And through the woods, and o'er the hill,
And far along the bay,
The driver's horn is sounding shrill,—
Up, sportsmen, and away!

No bars of steel or walls of stone
Our little empire bound,
But, circling with his azure zone,
The sea runs foaming round;
The whitening wave, the purpled skies,
The blue and lifted shore,
Braid with their dim and blending dyes
Our wide horizon o'er.

And who will leave the grave debate
That shakes the smoky town,
To rule amid our island-state,
And wear our oak-leaf crown?
And who will be awhile content
To hunt our woodland game,
And leave the vulgar pack that scent
The reeking track of fame?

Ah, who that shares in toils like these
Will sigh not to prolong
Our days beneath the broad-leaved trees,
Our nights of mirth and song?
Then leave the dust of noisy streets,
Ye outlaws of the wood,
And follow through his green retreats
Your noble Robin Hood.

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Post by tovarisch » September 23rd, 2018, 5:20 am

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  • reality prompts me to scale down my reading, sorry to say
    to PLers: do correct my pronunciation please

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Post by grs2905 » September 23rd, 2018, 4:20 pm

Regards,

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Post by aradlaw » September 23rd, 2018, 7:38 pm

Thank you tovarisch and Graham. :thumbs:
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Post by Foon » September 24th, 2018, 7:54 am

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Post by aradlaw » September 24th, 2018, 8:20 am

Thank you Foon. :thumbs:
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Post by pschempf » September 24th, 2018, 10:06 am

David -

One from me -

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I haven't been hunting since my dog died, but this poem makes me want to get out and tramp some of my old haunts.
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Post by aradlaw » September 25th, 2018, 6:45 pm

Thank you Phil, :thumbs: I'm just a city guy, but I know that to "tramp some of my old haunts" is no way to hunt. :P
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Post by aradlaw » September 26th, 2018, 9:10 am

Thank you Bruce. :thumbs:
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Post by silverquill » September 28th, 2018, 8:28 am

Almost missed this one, but hear you go:



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Post by aradlaw » September 28th, 2018, 7:58 pm

Thank you Larry. :thumbs:
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Post by ellies » September 29th, 2018, 12:38 am

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Post by aradlaw » September 29th, 2018, 7:29 am

Thank you ellies. :thumbs:
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Post by RajVO » September 29th, 2018, 12:55 pm

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