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A CREOLE TRIPTYCH: 3. THE GAUCHO, by            
First Line: He is the pampa's very own, - a bit
Last Line: Or reaches onward as a hope betrayed.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


HE is the Pampa's very own,—a bit
Of her brave soil that spread beneath the sun;
Wanting a savage steed, he bridles one
To herd his cattle,—his the arm for it.
Then to the sound of his guitar will sit
In his belovéd's arms, his toiling done,
And pour an anguished chant to twirl and run
Like his lassoo, his sad lament to fit.

The Pampa is the frame that bounds the thirst
The gaucho feels in his desire to break
The weariness with which the land seems cursed;
Its green monotony afar displayed
Seems where some great fatigue its rest would take,
Or reaches onward as a hope betrayed.





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