Complete Poetical Works

Author: Bret Harte


Then rose a yell of baffled hate, and sprang
Headlong the savages in swift pursuit;
Though speed the fugitives, they hope to hang
Hot on their heels, like wolves, with tireless foot.
Long is the chase; Brown hears with inward pang
The short, hard panting of his gallant steed
Beneath its double burden; vainly rang
Both voice and spur. The heaving flanks may bleed,
Yet comes the sequel that they still must heed!


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Chicago: Bret Harte, "IX," Complete Poetical Works in Complete Poetical Works (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed December 8, 2023,

MLA: Harte, Bret. "IX." Complete Poetical Works, in Complete Poetical Works, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 8 Dec. 2023.

Harvard: Harte, B, 'IX' in Complete Poetical Works. cited in 1850, Complete Poetical Works, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 8 December 2023, from