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The Hunter

The Hunter is a poem from the Qafrianni Book of Songs. It describes a battle between a hunter and his prey. The hunter seeks to find his name in returning with the pelt of a tiger, but instead is killed by a great snake who squeezed him to death. It is a cautionary tale to warn against hubris.

Its most famous lines are:
The sirocco lifts tales like sand,
Hard songs to frighten every man.
One tells of braving tiger’s claws
but forgets the snake’s love of laws


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