Boatswain – poem

 

lord byron bust
Lord Byron

 

Boatswain was the unusual name Lord Byron (English Poet) gave his loyal Newfoundland. When Boatswain passed to Rainbow Bridge a monument was erected on his grave in Newstead Abbey. The following poem was written by Lord Byron and can be found on the side of this monument:

When some proud son of man returns to earth,
Unknown to glory, but upheld by birth,
The sculptor’s art exhausts the pomp of woe,
And storied urns record who rests below;

When all is done, upon the tomb is seen,
Not what he was, but what he should have been.
But the poor dog, in life the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, the foremost to defend,

Whose honest heart is still his master’s own,
Who labors, lives, fights, breathes for him alone,
Unhonored falls, unnoticed all his worth,
Denied in heaven the soul he held on earth.

While man, vain insect, hopes to be forgiven,
And claims himself a sole, exclusive heaven.
Ye! Who behold, perchance, this simple urn,
Pass on; it honours none you wish to mourn.

To mark a friend’s remains these stones rise,
I have never known but one – and here he lies.

Lord Byron

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