Classic and Contemporary Poetry
THE HUNGER BOY, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: Hunter boy of hazelwood
Last Line: Hunter boy of hazelwood!
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Forests; Happiness; Hunting; Youth; Woods; Joy; Delight; Hunters
HUNTER Boy of Hazelwood --
Happier than Robin Hood!
Dance across the green, and stand
Suddenly, with lifted hand
Shading eager eyes, and be
Thus content to capture me! --
Cease thy quest for wilder prey
Than my willing heart to-day!
Hunter Boy! with belt and bow,
Bide with me, or let me go,
An thou wilt, in wake of thee,
Questing for mine infancy!
With thy glad face in the sun,
Let thy laughter overrun
Thy ripe lips, until mine own
Answer, ringing, tone for tone!
O my Hunter! tilt the cup
Of thy silver bugle up,
And like wine pour out for me
All its limpid melody!
Pout thy happy lips and blare
Music's kisses everywhere --
Whiff o'er forest, field and town,
Tufts of tune like thistle-down!
O to go, as once I could,
Hunter Boy of Hazelwood!
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