Once a Week (magazine)/Series 1/Volume 10/The three hunters

THE THREE HUNTERS.

(FROM THE GERMAN OF UHLAND.)

 

I.

Three hunters a-hunting merrily start:
They go out a-hunting the milk-white hart.

 

II.

They lay them down under a tall fir-tree,
And each of the hunters a dream doth see.

 

III.

FIRST DREAM.

I dreamt the while I was beating the bush,
Thereout in a moment the hart did rush.”

 

IV.

SECOND DREAM.

The hounds they yelped, and away he hied,
But I wounded him in his milk-white side.”

 

V.

THIRD DREAM.

And when I saw him lie dead on the ground,
A joyous blast on my bugle I wound.”

 

VI.

The while the three hunters thus dreaming lie,
The milk-white hart runs swiftly by.

 

VII.

Before the three hunters have opened their eyes,
Away far out of their reach he flies.

Blomfield Jackson.