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" The emerald, the ruby, the topaz, sparkle in its plumage, which is never soiled by the dust of the ground. It inhabits the air; it flutters from flower to flower; it breathes their freshness; it feeds on their nectar, and resides in climates where they... "
Sketch of the Mosquito Shore: Including the Territory of Poyais, Descriptive ... - Page 205
by Thomas Strangeways - 1822 - 355 pages
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Humming Birds, Described and Illustrated

Henry Gardiner Adams - Hummingbirds - 1856 - 144 pages
...grace, and rich decoration, have been bestowed upon this little favourite. The emerald, the ruby, and the topaz, sparkle in its plumage, which is never soiled by the ground, for its whole life being aerial, it rarely lights on the turf. It dwells in the air, and flitting...
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Cassell's popular natural history, Volumes 3-4; Volume 128

Cassell, ltd - 1859
...sprightliness, grace, and rich decoration — have been profusely bestowed upon this little favourite. The emerald, the ruby, the topaz, sparkle in its plumage, which is never soiled by the dust of the ground, for its whole life being aerial, it rarely lights on the turf. It dwells in the air, aud flitting from...
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Walks abroad and evenings at home [by R.K. Philp].

Robert Kemp Philp - 1861
...decoration — have been profusely bestowed upon this little favourite. The emerald, the ruby, and the topaz, sparkle in its plumage, which is never soiled by the dust of the ground, for its whole life being aerial, it rarely alights on the turf. It dwells in the air, and flitting...
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Gems of nature and art, Volume 21

Gems - Natural history - 1868 - 72 pages
...rapidity, sprightliness, grace, and rich decoration, have been bestowed upon this little favourite. The emerald, the ruby, the topaz, sparkle in its plumage, which is never soiled by the ground; for its whole life being aerial, it rarely alights on the turf. It dwells in the air, and flitting...
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The Hummingbird Cabinet: A Rare and Curious History of Romantic Collectors

Judith Pascoe - History - 2006 - 222 pages
...from the History of Birds of George-Louis Ledere, the comte de Buffon. "The emerald, the ruby, and the topaz, sparkle in its plumage, which is never soiled by the dust of the ground."20 This comparison of the birds' sparkly feathers to gemstones was constantly reasserted, especially...
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Ballou's Monthly Magazine, Volume 6

American literature - 1857
...sprightliness, grace, and rich decoration — have been profusely bestowed upon this little favorite. The emerald, the ruby, the topaz, sparkle in its plumage, which is never soiled by the dust of the ground, for its whole life being aerial, it rarely lights on the turf. It dwells in the air, and flitting from...
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The National Magazine: Devoted to Literature, Art, and Religion, Volume 8

Abel Stevens, James Floy - 1856
...sprightliness, rapidity, grace, and rich decoration, have been profusely bestowed on this little favorite. The emerald, the ruby, the topaz, sparkle in its plumage, which is never soiled by the dust of the ground, for its whole life being aerial, it rarely lights on the turf. It dwells in the air, and flitting from...
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Ballou's Dollar Monthly Magazine, Volume 6

1857
...sprightliness, grace, and rich decoration — have been profusely bestowed upon this little favorite. The emerald, the ruby, the topaz, sparkle in its plumage, which is never soiled by^he dust of the ground, for its whole life being 'aerial, it rarely lights on the turf. It dwells...
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