Thomas Pringle

Here you will find the Poem Song of the Wild Bushman of poet Thomas Pringle

Song of the Wild Bushman

Let the proud White Man boast his flocks,
And fields of foodful grain; 
My home is 'mid the mountain rocks, 
The Desert my domain. 
I plant no herbs nor pleasant fruits, 
I toil not for my cheer; 
The Desert yields me juicy roots, 
And herds of bounding deer. 

The countless springboks are my flock, 
Spread o'er the unbounded plain; 
The buffalo bendeth to my yoke, 
The wild-horse to my rein; 
My yoke is the quivering assagai,
My rein the tough bow-string; 
My bridle curb is a slender barb --
Yet it quells the forest-king. 

The crested adder honoureth me, 
And yields at my command 
His poison-bag, like the honey-bee, 
When I seize him on the sand. 
Yea, even the wasting locusts' swarm, 
Which mighty nations dread, 
To me nor terror brings nor harm --
For I make of them my bread. 

Thus I am lord of the Desert Land,
And I will not leave my bounds, 
To crouch beneath the Christian's hand, 
And kennel with his hounds:
To be a hound, and watch the flocks, 
For the cruel White Man's gain -- 
No! the brown Serpent of the Rocks 
His den doth yet retain; 
And none who there his sting provokes, 
Shall find its poison vain!