The Lady Responds from Issue 93
after Sir Thomas Wyatt
Whoso list to hunt will need a hound,
a dog to lead the horses, chase the hare
and hind, dig the foxes from their lair.
How pretty their paws, tearing up the ground,
their white and crimson jaws when the prize is found!
But a mistress of hounds must take special care
not to treat one as a pet, to share
a morsel from her plate or let one bound
onto her bed. A dog must know its place,
at the mistress’s feet rather than her lap.
A beast who misbehaves deserves a rap
across his nose, a kick till he’s abased.
A cur that won’t be muzzled or made to sit
must bait the unchained bears in the fighting pit.