We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We have written about Bryant here before," romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post." He was a prominent abolitionist, and a long-time resident of the Great Barrington area of the Berkshires. This is doubtless a Berkshire summer poem/
Bird Dog ... I like the quote, but the stubborn copy editor in me is disturbed by the grammar error in the first line [it's Bryant's error not yours]. "The sun has drank the dew..." is just incorrect but that's the way he said it. "The sun has drunk the dew..." is the correct tense of the verb. Maybe Mr. Bryant had a bad English teacher. Or maybe he objected to drinking, whatever the tense involved.
I'm a distant relative of WCB, and also of Louisa May Alcott. It's positively painful to me reading blank verse by anyone, related or not. Reminds me of that guy Rodney Spelvin in the works of P.G. Wodehouse, than whom there were few better and now are none.