A love poem of the New Kingdom* likens the passion of the lover to the intensity of a gazelle as it flees the hunter:
O that you came to your sister [lover] swiftly,
Like a bounding gazelle in the wild;Its feet reel,
Its limbs are weary,
Terror has entered its body.
A hunter pursues it with his hounds.
* Between the 16th century BC and the 11th century BC.
Source: D. Arnold, An Egyptian Beastiary, Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. 1995.