Argus — by Alexander Pope (1903)


When wise Ulysses, from his native coast

Long kept by wars, and long by tempests tost,

Arrived at last—poor, old, despised, alone,

To all his friends, and e’en his queen, unknown,

Changed as he was, with age, and toils, and cares,

Furrowed his rev’rend face, and white his hairs,

In his own palace forced to ask his bread,

Scorned by those slaves his former bounty fed,

Forgot of all his own domestic crew,

His faithful dog his rightful master knew!

Unfed, unhoused, neglected, on the clay

Like an old servant, now cashiered, he lay;

And though ev’n then expiring on the plain,

Touched with resentment of ungrateful man,

And longing to behold his ancient lord again,

Him when he saw, he rose, and crawled to meet

(‘Twas all he could), and fawned, and kissed his feet,

Seized with dumb joy; then falling by his side,

Owned his returning lord, looked up, and died.