Augustin S. Macdonald, comp. A Collection of Verse by California Poets. 1914.

By Lucius Harwood Foote

El Vaquero

TINGED with the blood of Aztec lands,

Sphinx-like, the tawny herdsman stands,

A coiled reata in his hands.

Devoid of hope, devoid of fear,

Half brigand, and half cavalier,—

This helot, with imperial grace,

Wears ever on his tawny face

A sad, defiant look of pain.

Left by the fierce iconoclast

A living fragment of the past,—

Greek of the Greeks he must remain.