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A PIONEER'S DREAM, by                
First Line: The owl takes a meal from a rodent hare
Last Line: From a winter's night ... An old man's dream.
Subject(s): Pioneers

The owl takes a meal from a rodent hare,
Then flaunts a hoo hoo through the frosty air;
The scattered stars glint from the canopied sky
And the pale moon glistens as the clouds drift by.
The greenwood snaps in the homestead fire;
The smoke curls down from the chimney's spire;
An old dog roused from a slumbering croon,
Sits on a hillside and barks at the moon.
The clock struck ten on the mantel slope,
The doctor bows and says, "No hope."
Then a shadow falls on the snow white earth,
And a light goes out in the cabin's berth,
For an angel came from the far unknown,
Now the willows weep on a mound alone.
Strange to the young, these lines may seem
From a winter's night ... an old man's dream.

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