Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ON A SMALL DOG, by EDMUND CHARLES BLUNDEN

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First Line: Animula vagula blandula, foundling dear
Last Line: And so to sleep.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): Animals; Death - Animals; Dogs; Tokyo

thrust out in a Tokyo scene soon after his birth, and rescued in vain

Animula vagula blandula, foundling dear,
So deep a hold have you already won
On our tired hearts? so great a joy have you to give?
So sharp a fear?
Can your tininess unseal so hot a tear
And prayer, that you should live?
Like these cherry-flowers here
Whose life thin-spun
Seems by its own ghost haunted -- but no more words!
Save, all heaven's luck befriend you,
Blind eyes and feeling hands,
That take us for all-surety and all-love,
And so to sleep.

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