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Poem by Robert Burns


On Seeing a Wounded Hare Limp by Me, Which a Fellow Had Just Shot at


INHUMAN man! curse on thy barbrous art,
  And blasted be thy murder-aiming eye;
  May never pity soothe thee with a sigh,
Nor ever pleasure glad thy cruel heart!

Go, live, poor wanderer of the wood and field,
  The bitter little that of life remains;
  No more the thickening brakes and verdant plains
To thee shall home, or food, or pastime yield.

Seek, mangled wretch, some place of wonted rest,
  No more of rest, but now thy dying bed!
  The sheltering rushes whistling oer thy head,
The cold earth with thy bloody bosom prest.

Perhaps a mothers anguish adds its woe;
  The playful pair crowd fondly by thy side:
  Ah, helpless nurslings! who will now provide
That life a mother only can bestow?

Oft as by winding Nith, I, musing, wait
  The sober eve, or hail the cheerful dawn,
  Ill miss thee sporting oer the dewy lawn,
And curse the riffians aim, and mourn thy hapless fate.



                      Robert Burns


Robert Burns's other poems:
  1. Tam Samsons Elegy
  2. Could Aught of Song
  3. O Lassie, Art Thou Sleeping Yet?
  4. Scroggam
  5. Stanzas on the Same Occasion


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