We’ve just come across a book of poetry in the archives – by Mrs Elizabeth Bulwer Lytton, dated 1821– inc one to her devoted pug Juba…
We love the thought of his ‘little bursting heart’ and shouts of welcome at her return.
Thine is the love that knows no bound, The eye that dwells on me; Affection’s self is ever found Personified in thee. With eager rapture when you hear Th’ expected step well known; Your shouts of welcome greet my ear In language all your own. The little bursting heart that beats And strives to break its hold; The speaking eye that still repeats The tale so often told But O! the thousand ways that prove The vast affection’s store; No other dog has half that love, And which of sense has more?
Eliz: B B L 1821
The painting of Juba can be seen in Mrs Bulwer Lytton’s bedroom which is part of the guided tour of Knebworth House.