Thomas Pringle(5 January 1789 - 5 December 1834 / Blaiklaw)
Song of the Wild Bushman
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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!
- by Thomas Pringle21
Wake! Amakósa, wake! And arm yourselves for war. As coming winds the forest shake, I hear a sound from far: It is not thunder in the sky, Nor lion's roar upon the hill, But the voice of HIM who sits on high, And bids me speak his will!
He bids me call you forth, Bold sons of Káhabee, To sweep the White Men from the earth, And drive them to the sea: The sea, which heaved them up at first, For Amakósa's curse and bane, Howls for the progeny she nurst, To swallow them again.
Hark! 'tis UHLANGA'S voice From Debè's mountain caves! He calls you now to make your choice -- To conquer or be slaves: To meet proud Amanglézi's guns, And fight like warriors nobly born: Or, like Umláo's feeble sons, Become the freeman's scorn.
Then come, ye Chieftains bold, With war-plumes waving high; Come, every warrior young and old, With club and assagai. Remember how the spoiler's host Did through our land like locusts range! Your herds, your wives, your comrades lost -- Remember -- and revenge!
Fling your broad shields away -- Bootless against such foes; But hand to hand we'll fight to-day, And with their bayonets close. Grasp each man short his stabbing spear -- And, when to battle's edge we come, Rush on their ranks in full career, And to their hearts strike home!
Wake! Amakósa, wake! And muster for the war: The wizard-wolves from Keisi's brake, The vultures from afar, Are gathering at UHLANGA'S call, And follow fast our westward way -- For well they know, ere evening-fall, They shall have glorious prey!
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