There were brave men, some one has truly said,
Before Atrides (those were mostly dead
Behind him) and ere you could e’er occur
Actaeon lived, Nimrod and Bahram-Gur.
In strength and speed and daring they excelled:
The stag they overtook, the lion felled.
Ah, yes, great hunters flourished before you,
And–for Munchausen lived–great talkers too.
There’ll be no more; there’s much to kill, but–well,
You have left nothing in the world to tell!