Roget's Int'l Thesaurus
Fowler's King's English
The King James Bible
Brewer's Phrase & Fable
Frazer's Golden Bough
Shelf of Fiction
Leaves of Grass
Leaves of Grass.
The Ox Tamer
a faraway northern county, in the placid, pastoral region,
Lives my farmer friend, the theme of my recitative, a famous Tamer of Oxen:
There they bring him the three-year-olds and the four-year-olds, to break them;
He will take the wildest steer in the world, and break him and tame him;
He will go, fearless, without any whip, where the young bullock chafes up and down the yard;
The bullocks head tosses restless high in the air, with raging eyes;
Yet, see you! how soon his rage subsideshow soon this Tamer tames him:
See you! on the farms hereabout, a hundred oxen, young and oldand he is the man who has tamed them;
They all know himall are affectionate to him;
See you! some are such beautiful animalsso lofty looking!
Some are buff colordsome mottledone has a white line running along his backsome are brindled,
Some have wide flaring horns (a good sign)See you! the bright hides;
See, the two with stars on their foreheadsSee, the round bodies and broad backs;
See, how straight and square they stand on their legsSee, what fine, sagacious eyes;
See, how they watch their Tamerthey wish him near themhow they turn to look after him!
What yearning expression! how uneasy they are when he moves away from them:
Now I marvel what it can be he appears to them, (books, politics, poems departall else departs;)
I confess I envy only his fascinationmy silent, illiterate friend,
Whom a hundred oxen love, there in his life on farms,
In the northern county far, in the placid, pastoral region.
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