Hunting Fathers by

Our hunting fathers told the story
    Of the sadness of the creatures,
    Pitied the limits and the lack
    Set in their finished features;
    Saw in the lion’s intolerant look,
    Behind the quarry’s dying glare,
    Love raging for, the personal glory
    That reason’s gift would add,
    The liberal appetite and power,
    The rightness of a god.

    Who, nurtured in that fine tradition,
    Predicted the result,
    Guessed Love by nature suited to
    The intricate ways of guilt,
    That human ligaments could so
    His southern gestures modify
    And make it his mature ambition
    To think no thought but ours,
    To hunger, work illegally,
    And be anonymous?

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