To Rollo

To Rollo

Untimely Taken


Kenneth Grahame

PUPPY, yours a pleasant grave,
    Where the seeding grasses wave !
Now on frolic morns the kitten
Over you, once scratched and bitten—
Still forgiving !—plays alone.
You, who planted many a bone,
Planted now yourself, repose,
Tranquil tail, incurious nose !
Chased no more, the indifferent bee
Drones a sun-steeped elegy.
    Puppy , where long grasses wave.
    Surely yours a pleasant grave !

"Whom the gods love"—was this why,
Rollo, you must early die ?
Cheerless lay the realms of night—
Now your small unconquered sprite
(Still familiar, as with us)
Bites the ears of Cerberus :


166 To Rollo

Chases Pluto, Lord of Hell,
Round the fields of asphodel :
Sinks to sleep at last, supine
On the lap of Proserpine !
    While your earthly part shall pass,
    Puppy, into flowers and grass !

MLA citation: Grahame, Kenneth. "To Rollo" The Yellow Book 12 (January 1897): 165-166. The Yellow Nineties Online. Ed. Dennis Denisoff and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra. Ryerson University, 2013. Web. [Date of access].>