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By Don Marquis

O, why do they hunt so hard, so hard, who have no need of food?
Do they hunt for hate? ---
Do they hunt for sport? ---
Do they hunt for the lust of blood?

If I were a god I would get me a spear, I would get me a horse and dog,
And merrily, merrily I would ride through covert and brake and bog--
With hound and horn and laughter loud, over the hills and away--
For there is no sport like that of a god who holds a man at bay!

O, but the morning is fresh and fair! And O, but the sun is bright!--
And yonder the quarry breaks from the bush and heads for the hills in flight;
A minute's law for the hurried thing, then follow him, follow him fast,
With the bellow of dogs and the beat of hoofs and the mellow bugle's blast.

Hillo!--Hallo!--we have marked a man!--there is sport in the world today!
And a clamor swells from the heart of the wood that tells of a soul at bay.

The Pacific Monthly
November 1909
page 454

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