29 January 2010

Boatswain, a Dog

A couple of friends and acquaintances have lost dogs recently, so I thought I'd post this epitaph which Lord Byron wrote for one of his dogs. Special Lady Friend sent it to me when Gus died last fall.

JC and Patrick, my thoughts are still with you are your departed pups.

Near this spot
Are deposited the Remains of one
Who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
And all the Virtues of Man without his Vices.
This Praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery
If inscribed over human ashes,
Is but a just tribute to the Memory of
Boatswain, a Dog

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