The Sending of the Animals
By Henry Salt

The animals, you say, were “sent.”
For man’s free use and nutriment.

Pray, then, inform me and be candid,
Why came they eons before man did?

To spend long centuries on earth
Awaiting their devourer’s birth?

Those ill-timed chattels, sent from Heaven,
Were, sure, the maddest gift e’er given—

“Sent” for man’s use (can you believe it?)
When there was no man to receive it!