Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A FAITHFUL DOG, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON

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First Line: My merry-hearted comrade on a day
Last Line: Fast-locked against a loved one, evermore?
Variant Title(s): Faithful Follower, Gentle Friend
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Friendship; Loyalty

MY merry-hearted comrade on a day
Gave over all his mirth, and went away
Upon the darksome journey I must face
Sometime as well. Each hour I miss his grace,
His meek obedience and his constancy.
Never again will he look up to me
With loyal eyes, nor leap for my caress
As one who wished not to be masterless;
And never shall I hear his pleading bark
Outside the door, when all the ways grow dark,
Bidding the house-folk gather close inside.
It seems a cruel thing, since he has died,
To make his memory small, or deem it sin
To reckon such a mate as less than kin.

O faithful follower, O gentle friend,
If thou art missing at the journey's end,
Whate'er of joy or solace there I find
Unshared by thee I left so far behind,
The gladness will be mixed with tears, I trow,
My little crony of the long ago!
For how could heaven be home-like, with the door
Fast-locked against a loved one, evermore?

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