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The Puzzle of the Hound and the Hare

When fleecy skies have Cloth'd the ground

With a white mantle all around

Then with a grey hound Snowy fair

In milk white fields we Cours'd a Hare

Just in the midst of a Champaign

We set her up, away she ran,

The Hound I think was from her then

Just Thirty leaps or three times ten

Oh it was pleasant to see

How the Hare did run so timorously

But yet so very Swift that I

Did think she did not run but Fly

When the Dog was almost at her heels

She quickly turn'd, and down the fields

She ran again with full Career

And 'gain she turn'd to the place she were

At every turn she gan'd of ground

As many yards as the greyhound

Could leap at thrice, and She did make,

Just Six, if I do not mistake

Four times She Leap'd for the dogs three

But two of the Dogs leaps did agree

With three of hers, nor pray declare

How many leaps he took to Catch the Hare.

      by Benjamin Banneker

Note by Llewellyn Sterling
2 years, 7 months ago

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