The Domestic Habits of Birds

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Charles Knight, ... Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, & Green, ... Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh; Atkinson and Company, Glasgow; Wakeman, Dublin; Willmer and Smith, Liverpool; and Baines and Company, Leeds; and Jackson, New York., 1833 - Birds - 379 pages

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Page 284 - Tis the merry Nightingale That crowds, and hurries, and precipitates With fast thick warble his delicious notes, As he were fearful that an April night Would be too short for him to utter forth His love-chant, and disburthen his full soul Of all its music...
Page 283 - Or slow distemper, or neglected love, (And so, poor wretch ! filled all things with himself, And made all gentle sounds tell back the tale Of his own sorrow) he, and such as he, First named these notes a melancholy strain. And many a poet echoes the conceit...
Page 284 - But never elsewhere in one place I knew So many nightingales ; and far and near, In wood and thicket, over the wide grove, They answer and provoke each other's song, With skirmish and capricious passagings, And murmurs musical and swift jug jug, And one low piping sound more sweet than all...
Page 176 - For these, emboss'd, the heav'nly smith had wrought (Not in the rolls of future fate untaught) The wars in order, and the race divine Of warriors issuing from the Julian line. The cave of Mars was dress'd with mossy greens: There, by the wolf, were laid the martial twins.
Page 326 - While thus exerting himself, a bystander, destitute of sight, would suppose that the whole feathered tribe had assembled together, on * Travels, p. 32, Introd. a trial of skill ; each striving to produce his utmost effect ; so perfect are his imitations. He many times deceives the sportsman, and sends him in search of birds that perhaps are not within miles of him; but whose notes he exactly imitates: even birds themselves are frequently imposed on by this admirable mimic, and are decoyed by the...
Page 325 - ... dewy morning, while the woods are already vocal with a multitude of warblers, his admirable song rises pre-eminent over every competitor. The ear can listen to his music alone, to which that of all the others seems a mere accompaniment.
Page 210 - The acquitted parents see their soaring race, And, once rejoicing, never know them more. High from the summit of a craggy cliff. Hung o'er the deep, such as amazing frowns On utmost Hilda's shore, whose lonely race Resign the setting sun to Indian worlds, The royal eagle draws his vigorous young.
Page 240 - I remember in the place where I was a boy, with what .terror this bird's note affected the whole village; they considered it as the presage of some sad event, and generally found or made ope to succeed it.
Page 327 - ... and twenty others, succeed, with such imposing reality, that we look round for the originals, and discover, with astonishment, that the sole performer in this singular concert, is the admirable bird now before us. During this exhibition of his powers, he spreads his wings, expands his tail, and throws himself around the cage in all the ecstasy of enthusiasm, seeming not only to sing, but to dance, keeping time to the measure of his own music.
Page 301 - The cuckoo, as long ago remarked by John Heywood, begins to sing early in the season with the interval of a minor third ; the bird then proceeds to a major third, next to a fourth, then to a fifth, after which its voice breaks, without attaining a minor sixth.

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