Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, FLUSH OR FAUNUS, by ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING

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FLUSH OR FAUNUS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: You see this dog. It was but yesterday
Last Line: Who by low creatures leads to heights of love.
Subject(s): Animals; Consolation; Dogs; Friendship; Love

You see this dog; it was but yesterday
I mused forgetful of his presence here,
Till thought on thought drew downward tear on tear:
When from the pillow where wet-cheeked I lay,
A head as hairy as Faunus thrust its way
Right sudden against my face, two golden-clear
Great eyes astonished mine, a drooping ear
Did flap me on either cheek to dry the spray!
I started first as some Arcadian
Amazed by goatly god in twilight grove:
But as the bearded vision closelier ran
My tears off, I knew Flush, and rose above
Surprise and sadness, -- thanking the true PAN
Who by low creatures leads to heights of love.

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