1] puff-adder: an ugly, sluggish, deadly African serpent (Bitis or Clotho arietans) that puffs out its upper body when aroused.
rhenoster: rhenosterbosch, the rhinoceros bush, a greyish shrub named because it is a favorite food for that animal.
5] chevron-pattern: a pattern where a pair of lines is angled to the other in the shape of a wing.
19] through: `though' in 1909.
23] ringhals: venomous spitting cobra.
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Original text: Kingsley Fairbridge, Veld Verse and Other Lines (London: David Nutt, 1909): 14. Cf. Veld Verse (London: Oxford University Press, 1928): 12.
First publication date: 1909
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/18
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