British Song Birds: Being Popular Descriptions and Anecdotes of the Choristers of the Groves

John W. Parker, 1836 - 408 sider

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Side 26 - THE melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year, Of wailing winds, and naked woods, and meadows brown and sere. Heaped in the hollows of the grove, the autumn leaves lie dead ; They rustle to the eddying gust, and to the rabbit's tread ; The robin and the wren are flown, and from the shrubs the jay, And from the wood-top calls the crow through all the gloomy day. Where are the flowers, the fair young flowers...
Side 91 - The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark, When neither is attended ; and, I think The nightingale, if she should sing by day, When every goose is cackling, would be thought No better a musician than the wren.
Side 187 - To soothe the throbbing passions into peace; And woo lone Quiet in her silent walks. Thus solitary, and in pensive guise, Oft...
Side 229 - ... shrine. Bird of the morn ! from thee might man, Creation's lord, a lesson take ; If thou whose instinct ill may scan The glories that around thee break, Thus bidd'st a sleeping world awake To joy and praise ; — Oh ! how much more Should MIND, immortal, earth forsake, And man look upward to adore ! Bird of the happy, heaven-ward song ! Could but the Poet act thy part, His soul, up-borne on wings as strong As thought can give— from earth might start, And with a far diviner art Than genius ever...
Side 187 - Far, in faint warblings, through the tawny copse; While congregated thrushes, linnets, larks, And each wild throat, whose artless strains so late Swelled all the music of the swarming shades, Robbed of their tuneful souls, now shivering sit On the dead tree...
Side 30 - WHEN snowdrops die, and the green primrose leaves Announce the coming flower, the Merle's note, Mellifluous, rich, deep-toned, fills all the vale, And charms the ravished ear. The hawthorn bush, New-budded, is his perch ; there the gray dawn He hails; and there, with parting light, concludes His melody.
Side 272 - I have found, in numerous instances, quantities of the eggs or larvae of certain insects, mixed with a kind of slimy earth. About the middle of March they generally disappear, on their route to the north.
Side 386 - Up ! let us to the fields away, And breathe the fresh and balmy air; The bird is building in the tree, The flower has opened to the bee, And health, and love, and peace are there.
Side 121 - ... and cinereous, on a greenish- white ground ; the markings becoming more dense, and forming a zone at the larger end. " The young were considered no small treasure, and were taken as soon as the proper age arrived for rearing them by hand ; which is at the time the tips of the quills and the greater coverts of the wings expose a portion of the fibrous end.
Side 193 - ... tribe, with the head or back downwards. If disturbed, they immediately descend by running, or rather by dropping. The movement is rapid along the stalk to the bottom, where they creep and flit, perfectly concealed from view by the closeness of the covert, and the resembling tints of their plumage.

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