Model of beauty, symmetry and grace, From fair Italia springs thy sylphlike race ; Sweet emblem of the clime, that gave thee birth, Symbol of action, sprightliness and mirth ! Like his famed compeer of the nobler grade, Of different color, and of varied shade; Matchless in mould, of fawnlike form and limb ; Small silken ear. soft, light, transparent skin, Fitted alone in genial warmth to dwell— Genteel appendage of the flaunting Belle. His magic trip and quick, elastic bound, Disgrace the awkward step of meaner hound ; The gay attendant of the proud and fair, To doubt his use or merit none shall dare. The maiden's nursling and the bride's delight, Fondled by day, and feathered up at night; For ruder sports, inapt his slender form, Yet quick of ear, the stealthy rogue to warn f In courage lacking, yet his very fear Will rouse the house when thief or burglar's near.
Then wonder not, a pampered hound like he, So delicate, effeminate should be ; His graces charm, nor let his faults perplex, Since he was framed to please the gentler sex.