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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
The Cattle Country
By Emily Pauline Johnson (1861–1913)
UP the dusk-enfolded prairie,
  Footfalls soft and sly,
Velvet cushioned, wild and wary;
  Then—the coyote’s cry.
Rush of hoofs and roar and rattle;        5
  Beasts of blood and breed—
Twenty thousand frightened cattle;
  Then—the wild stampede.
Pliant lasso, circling wider,
  With the frenzied flight;        10
Loping horse and cursing rider
  Plunging through the night.
Rim of dawn the darkness losing,
  Trail of blackened loam,
Perfume of the sage brush oozing        15
  On the air like foam.
Foothills to the Rockies lifting,
  Brown, and blue, and green;
Warm Alberta sunlight drifting
  Over leagues between.        20
That ’s the country of the ranges,
  Plain, and prairie-land;
And the God who never changes
  Holds it in His hand.

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