Essays on natural history, chiefly ornithology. With an autobiography of the author

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Page 302 - Sit Medea ferox invictaque, flebilis Ino, Perfidus Ixion, lo vaga, tristis Orestes.
Page lxxxii - A milk-white Hind, * immortal and unchanged, Fed on the lawns, and in the forest ranged ; Without unspotted, innocent within, She feared no danger, for she knew no sin. Yet had she oft been chased with horns and hounds, And Scythian shafts; and many winged wounds Aimed at her heart ; was often forced to fly, And doomed to death, though fated not to die.
Page 141 - Every thing proved to me that the number of birds resorting to this part of the forest must be immense beyond conception. As the period of their arrival approached, their foes anxiously prepared to receive them : some were furnished with iron pots containing sulphur, others with torches of pine-knots, many with poles, and the rest with guns.
Page 140 - The birds continued to pour in, the fires were lighted, and a magnificent as well as wonderful and almost terrifying sight presented itself. The pigeons, arriving by thousands, alighted everywhere, one above another, until solid masses, as large as hogsheads, were formed on the branches all round. Here and there the perches gave way under the weight with a crash, and falling to the ground, destroyed hundreds of the birds beneath, forcing down the dense groups with which every stick was loaded.
Page 77 - I was attempting his deliverance, and thrusting his head through the trellis, pressed his breast against it, as if impatient. I fear, poor creature, said I, I cannot set thee at liberty. "No," said the starling; "I can't get out, I can't get out,
Page 139 - Towards the approach of day, the noise in some measure subsided, long before objects were distinguishable, the Pigeons began to move off in a direction quite different from that in which they had arrived the evening before, and at sunrise all that were able to fly had disappeared. The howlings of the wolves now reached our ears, and the foxes, lynxes, cougars, bears, raccoons, opossums and pole-cats were seen sneaking off...
Page 272 - In all thy humours, whether grave or mellow, Thou'rt such a touchy, testy, pleasant fellow ; Hast so much wit, and mirth, and spleen about thee, There is no living with thee, nor without thee.
Page 30 - And, for the epic poem your lordship bid me look at, — upon taking the length, breadth, height, and depth of it, and trying them at home upon an exact scale of Bossu's — 'tis out, my lord, in every one of its dimensions.
Page 18 - Did twist together with its whiskers, And twine so close, that Time should never, In life or death their fortunes sever, But with his rusty sickle mow Both down together at a blow. So learned Taliacotius from The brawny part of porter's bum, Cut supplemental noses, which Would last as long as parent breech ; But when the date of Nock was out, Off drop'd the sympathetic snout.
Page lxxvi - The Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury, having had under their consideration your report of the 10th, on the application of Mr.

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