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Canto 1.
THE CHASE.
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While every gasp with sobs he drew,
The labouring stag strain’d full in view.
Two dogs of black Saint Hubert’s breed,
Unmatch’d for courage, breath, and speed/
Fast on his flying traces came,
And all but won that desperate game ;
1 “ The hounds which we call Saint Hubert’s hounds, are com¬
monly all blacke, yet neuertheless, the race is so mingled at these
days, that we find them of all colours. These are the hounds
which the abbots of St Hubert haue always kept some of their race
or kind in honour or remembrance of the saint, which was a hunter
with S. Eustace. Whereupon we may conceiue that (by the grace
of God) all good huntsmen shall follow them into paradise. To
return vnto my former purpose, this kindof dogges hath bene dis¬
persed through the counties of Henault, Loryne, Flanders, and
Burgoyne. They are mighty of body, neuertheless their legges are
low and short, likewise they are not swift, although they be very
good of sent, hunting chaces which arefarre straggled, fearing nei¬
ther water nor cold, and doe more couet the chaces that smell, as
foxes, bore, and such like, than other, because they find themselves
neither of swiftness nor courage to hunt and kill the chaces that
are lighter and swifter. The bloodhoundsof this colour proue good,
especially those that are cole blacke, but I made no great account
to breed on them, or to keepe the kind, and yet I found a book
which a hunter did dedicate to a prince of Lorayne, which seemed
to loue hunting much, wherein was a blason which the same hun¬
ter gaue to his bloodhound, called Souyllard, which was white:—
4 3Iy name came first from holy Hubert’s race,
Souyllard my sire, a hound of singular grace.’
Whereupon we may presume that some of the kind proue white
sometimes, but they are not of the kind of the Greffiers or
Bouxes, which we haue at these days.”—The noble Art of Venc-rie.
or Hunting, translated and collected for the Use of all Noblemen and
Gentlemen. Bond. 1611, 4to, p. 15.