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First Line: Come, blunt your spear with us
Last Line: And drop exhausted at our feet.
Alternate Author Name(s): H. D.; Aldington, Richard, Mrs.
Subject(s): Bible; Hunting; Hunters

Come, blunt your spear with us,
our pace is hot
and our bare heels
in the heel-prints --
we stand tense -- do you see --
are you already beaten
by the chase?
We lead the pace
for the wind on the hills,
the low hill is spattered
with loose earth --
our feet cut into the crust
as with spears.
We climbed the ploughed land,
dragged the seed from the clefts,
broke the clods with our heels,
whirled with a parched cry
into the woods:
Can you come,
can you come,
can you follow the hound trail,
can you trample the hot froth?
Spring up -- sway forward --
follow the quickest one,
aye, though you leave the trail
and drop exhausted at our feet.

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