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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
The Canadian Herd-boy
By Susanna Moodie (1803–1885)
 
(A Song of the Backwoods)

THROUGH the deep woods, at peep of day,
The careless herd-boy wends his way,
By piny ridge and forest stream,
To summon home his roving team:
Cobos! Cobos! from distant dell        5
Sly echo wafts the cattle-bell.
 
A blithe reply he whistles back,
And follows out the devious track,
O’er fallen tree and mossy stone,
A path to all save him unknown:        10
Cobos! Cobos! far down the dell
More faintly falls the cattle-bell.
 
See, the dark swamp before him throws
A tangled maze of cedar boughs;
On all around deep silence broods        15
In Nature’s boundless solitudes:
Cobos! Cobos! the breezes swell
As nearer floats the cattle-bell.
 
He sees them now; beneath yon trees
His motley herd recline at ease;        20
With lazy pace and sullen stare
They slowly leave their shady lair:
Cobos! Cobos! far up the dell
Quick jingling comes the cattle-bell.
 
 
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