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16th November 2006, 12:26 AM
Written by 18th c. Irish writer Jonathan Swift. This dog might well have been a cavalier type -- there used to be an all black small spaniel thast was a cavalier variety.


Happiest of the spaniel race,
Painter, with thy colors grace,
Draw his forehead large and high,
Draw his blue and humid eye;
Draw his neck, so smooth and round,
Little neck with ribands bound;
And the musely swelling breast
Where the Loves and Graces rest;
And the spreading, even back,
Soft, and sleek, and glossy black;
And the tail that gently twines,
Like the tendrils of the vines;
And the silky twisted hair,
Shadowing thick the velvet ear;
Velvet ears which, hanging low,
O'er the veiny temples flow.
Jonathan Swift.
As published in "The Dog's Book of Verse" Collected by J. Earl Clauson

And another from Swift:


"Pray steal me not, I'm Mrs. Dingley's,
Whose heart in this
four-footed thing lies,"

--- Jonathan Swift ---
inscription on the collar of a lapdog

Cathy Moon
16th November 2006, 03:30 AM
I enjoy these! :)

16th November 2006, 03:38 AM

matties mum
16th November 2006, 08:03 AM
I had see the first one years ago but could not find it again so good thank you ----Aileen

16th November 2006, 08:36 AM
I love the first one, could be about Maxx as his back is almost completely black :lotsaluv:

16th November 2006, 08:37 AM
that's beautiful...and so heartfelt

Cathy Moon
16th November 2006, 12:12 PM
My hubster does beautiful calligraphy (studied it in London); I'm going to ask him if he can do the first poem.