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Epitaph to a Dog by Lord Byron


"Epitaph to a Dog" is a poem by Lord Byron. If you don't know what an epitaph is, it is something written after the death of someone else. It is generally written as a poem (though it doesn't have to be) and it is sometimes displayed on gravestones. In this instance, Lord Byron felt the need to write a poem about "man's best friend". It is written as if it were displayed near the burial site.

This poem is written as one stanza with seventeen lines. It states how great "Boatswain" was.


Epitaph to a Dog

Near this spot
Are deposited the Remains
of one
Who possessed Beauty
Without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
And all the Virtues of Man
Without his Vices.
This Praise, which would be unmeaning flattery
If inscribed over Human Ashes,
Is but a just tribute to the Memory of
"Boatswain," a Dog
Who was born at Newfoundland,
May, 1803,
And died at Newstead Abbey
Nov. 18, 1808.

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