Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE BLOOD HORSE, by BRYAN WALLER PROCTER

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First Line: Gamarra is a dainty steed
Last Line: Where balkh amidst the desert stands.
Alternate Author Name(s): Cornwall, Barry; Proctor, Bryan Waller
Subject(s): Animals; Horses

GAMARRA is a dainty steed,
Strong, black, and of noble breed,
Full of fire, and full of bone,
With all his line of fathers known;
Fine his nose, his nostrils thin,
But blown abroad by the pride within!
His mane is like a river flowing,
And his eyes like embers glowing
In the darkness of the night,
And his pace as swift as light.
Look, -- how round his straining throat
Grace and shifting beauty float;
Sinewy strength is in his reins,
And the red blood gallops through his veins:
Richer, redder, never ran
Through the boasting heart of man.
He can trace his lineage higher
Than the Bourbon dare aspire, --
Douglas, Gunzman, or the Guelph,
Or O'Brien's blood itself!
He, who hath no peer, was born
Here, upon a red March morn.
But his famous fathers dead
Were Arabs all, and Arab-bred,
And the last of that great line
Trod like one of a race divine!
And yet, -- he was but friend to one
Who fed him at the set of sun
By some lone fountain fringed with green;
With him, a roving Bedouin,
He lived (none else would he obey
Through all the hot Arabian day).
And died untamed upon the sands
Where Balkh amidst the desert stands.

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