Friday, October 23, 2009
A PRAYER FOR LITTLE BEAST
O guard, dear pan, so great and wise.
All little beasts with frightened eyes
Who sniff and scrabble in the night
Then scurry off alive with fright.
Hide them in burrow, nest or den
Far from the gins and traps of men.
They ask so little, only these;
Grain from the farmer, mouldy cheese,
A wormy apple in the grass
And nuts for winter store, alas,
How they are hunted out of hand
All up and down their noisy land!
O guard, dear Pan, so great and wise,
All little beast with frightened eyes.