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  1. Daniel Boone

    by Lord Byron

    Of all men, saving Sylla the man-slayer,
    Who passes for in life and death most lucky,
    Of the great names which in our faces stare,
    The General Boone, backwoodsman of Kentucky,
    Was happiest amongst mortals anywhere;
    For, killing nothing but a bear or buck, he
    Enjoyed the lonely, vigorous, harmless days
    Of his old age in wilds of deepest maze.

    Crime came not near him, she is not the child
    Of solitude; health shrank not from him, for
    Her home is in the rarely trodden wild,
    Where if men seek her not, and death be more
    Their choice than life, forgive them, as beguiled
    By habit to what their own hearts abhor,
    In cities caged. The present case in point I
    Cite is, that Boone lived hunting up to ninety;

    And, what’s still stranger, left behind a name
    For which men vainly decimate the throng,
    Not only famous, but of that good fame,
    Without which glory’s but a tavern song—
    Simple, serene, the antipodes of shame,
    Which hate nor envy could e’er tinge with wrong;
    An active hermit, even in age the child
    Of nature, or the Man of Ross run wild.

    ’Tis true he shrank from men, even of his nation;
    When they built up unto his darling trees,
    He moved some hundred miles off, for a station
    Where there were fewer houses and more ease;
    The inconvenience of civilization
    Is that you neither can be pleased nor please;
    But where he met the individual man,
    He showed himself as kind as mortal can.

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