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Página 720 - Of large extent, hard by a castle huge, Which the great lord inhabits not; and so This grove is wild with tangling underwood, And the trim walks are broken up, and grass, Thin grass and king-cups grow within the paths. 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 songs, With skirmish and capricious passagings, And murmurs musical and swift jug jug, And one low piping sound more sweet...
Página 628 - Go, from the creatures thy instructions take: Learn from the birds what food the thickets yield; Learn from the beasts the physic of the field; Thy arts of building from the bee receive; Learn of the mole to plow, the worm to weave; Learn of the little nautilus to sail, Spread the thin oar, and catch the driving gale.
Página 628 - Go, from the creatures thy instructions take : Learn from the birds what food the thickets yield ; Learn from the beasts the physic of the field: Thy arts of building from the bee receive; Learn of the mole to plough, the worm to weave ; Learn of the little nautilus to sail ; Spread the thin oar, and catch the driving gale...
Página 446 - The chimney-haunting swallow too, my eye And ear well pleases. I delight to see How suddenly he skims the glassy pool, How quaintly dips, and with a bullet's speed Whisks by. I love to be awake, and hear His morning song twitter'd to dawning day.
Página 671 - WATERTON.-ESSAYS ON NATURAL HISTORY, Chiefly Ornithology. By CHARLES WATERTON, Esq., Author of "Wanderings in South America." With an Autobiography of the Author, and a View of Walton Hall. New Edition.
Página 674 - Although I gave no credence to the extravagant notion which antiquity had entertained of melody from the mouth of the dying swan, still I felt anxious to hear some plaintive sound or other, some soft inflection of the voice, which might tend to justify that notion in a small degree. But I was disappointed He never even uttered his wonted cry, nor so much as a sound, to indicate what he felt within.
Página 674 - ... o'clock in the evening, the weather being serene and warm, I opened the door of the cage. The five owls stepped out to try their fortunes in this wicked world. As they retired into the adjacent thicket, I bade them be of good heart ; and although the whole world was now open to them, " where to choose their place of residence," I said, if they would stop in my park, I would be glad of their company ; and would always be a friend and benefactor to them.
Página 619 - And as an owl that in a barn Sees a mouse creeping in the corn, Sits still, and shuts his round blue eyes As if he slept, until he spies The little beast within his reach, Then starts, and seizes on the wretch...
Página 671 - Tower, hatched her young, and brought them down in safety to a piece of water at a considerable distance. Others have been known to breed in trees ; and we recollect the nest of this bird being found in the head of an old pollard willow impending the water, from whence the young might readily drop unhurt into their natural element.