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The Woodman's Dog by William Cowper









The Woodman's Dog

by William Cowper


Shaggy, and lean, and shrewd, with pointed ears,

And tail cropp'd short, half lurcher and half cur-

His dog attends him. Close behind his heel

Now creeps he slow; and now, with many a frisk

Wide-scampering, snatches up the drifted snow

With ivory teeth, or ploughs it with his snout;

Then shakes his powder'd coat, and barks for joy.