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  • Foxhunting Poems

    I write our hunt's newsletters and like to finish each one with a poem, hunting related naturally. Well I'm about to finish a newsletter (called the Full Wire, as that's what we often jump here) and need a poem to sign off with.

    Does anyone have any suggestions please? Or a website I could check out to find one - or more!


  • #2
    I've got some - do you have an idea of how long a poem you want?
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
    -Rudyard Kipling


    • #3

      Check this board;http://www.hunting-directory.co.uk/c...m=1102721903/0
      ... _. ._ .._. .._


      • #4
        W. Phillpotts Williams has several books of foxhunting poems, including Plain Poems, Poems in Red, and Poems in Pink.

        The Book of Hunting Songs and Sports is a foxhunting anthology primarily, and includes poems.

        Songs of Horses, Saddle and Song, and In the Saddle although general horse-related poetry anthologies, include foxhunting selections.

        R. E. Egerton Warburton I believe may have some books of foxhunting poems -- or at least selections of poems in his book(s). Ditto G. J. Whyte. Possibly Arthur Conan Doyle, IIRC (I know it was someone that kind of surprised me as it wasn't what I expected given their primary genre).

        All these are public domain -- try Google Books or Internet Archive for copies.
        She Gets Lost


        • #5

          The hoofs of the horses! Oh witching and sweet
          Is the music earth steals from the iron-shod feet;
          No whisper of lover, no trilling of bird
          Can stir me as hoofs of the horses have stirred.

          They spurn disappointment and trample despair,
          And drown with their drum-beats the challenge of care;
          With scarlet and silk for their banners above,
          They are swifter than Fortune and sweeter than Love.

          On the wings of the morning they gather and fly,
          In the hush of the night-time I hear them go by-
          The horses of memory all thundering through
          With flashing white fetlocks all wet with the dew.

          When you lay me to slumber no spot you can choose
          But will ring to the rhythm of galloping shoes,
          And under the daisies no grave be so deep
          But the hoofs of the horses shall sound in my sleep.

          -William H. Ogilvie, 1933


          • #6
            An original poem by Paul Mellon
            The day my final race is run
            And, win or lose, the sinking sun
            Tells me it's time to quit the track
            And gracefully hang up my tack,
            I'll thank the Lord the life I've led
            Was always near a Thoroughbred.
            I've had my share of falls and knocks
            Pursuing the elusive fox.
            I've heard the stirring cry of hounds
            From Melton to the Sussex Downs.
            Each spring I ride a hundred miles
            (My tail bright red, my face all smiles).
            And I have seen the thrilling pace
            Of many a cutthroat steeplechase
            And watched with breath and mind
            until a classic race has ended.
            For those high days can end in pain,
            Or in a bottle of champagne.
            So if the downward course is steep
            Where smoke and flames and devils leap
            I'll hope I'm on a hellish steed
            Running his heart out with no need
            For voice or spurs or flailing whip
            To guarantee he gets the trip.
            But if about the sixteenth pole
            God should have mercy on my soul,
            I hope He'll raise me to the clouds
            Above the grandstand and the crowds
            And there I'll take my ease, and wait
            Behind the pearly starting gate.
            And long before I break God's bread
            Or buy a halo for my head
            Or sink into a starry bed
            Or say the prayers I should have said
            Before the donuts, rolls, or coffees,
            I'll find the secretary's office.
            In my first interview, of course,
            I'll ask St. Peter for a horse.
            He'll lead me down the heavenly sheds
            Past miles and miles of Thoroughbreds
            And say,"Since you've escaped Old Nick ...
            They're on the house; just take your pick".
            So when old Gabriel's golden horn
            Echoes from cloud to cloud each morn
            And "It is post time" rings out clear
            I will be ready with my gear;
            My horse and I will not be late
            (Though I'll be slightly overweight).
            Then free from every mortal sin
            (Including Butazolidin!)
            We'll gallop through celestial fields
            Where neither mist nor mud conceals
            The graceful movements of the horse,
            The wide and green and endless course.
            Though some may think and I'll agree
            That only God can make a tree,
            Before God thought of trees, it's said,
            His mind was on the Thoroughbred


            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by JSwan View Post
              I've got some - do you have an idea of how long a poem you want?
              Not overly-long, but if it's really good, I'll put it in anyway! =) Needs to be hunting-themed please (which I guess it would be from you )


              • Original Poster

                Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
                Thanks for this one - got kinda lost in it (in a really good way!) so I can see hours of entertainment ensuing when I have the time


                • Original Poster

                  Mali, not sure that your ones are quite right for our newsletter, but I love them! Especially the TB one - will be keeping that! Thank you =)


                  • #10
                    May the horses be sure
                    The field be gay
                    The hounds be true
                    And the fox forever clever.
                    Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
                    Read me: EN (http://eventingnation.com/author/annemarch/) and HJU (http://horsejunkiesunited.com/author/holly-covey/)