Birds of Song and Story

Paperback | February 5, 2012

byElizabeth Grinnell

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV BOBOLINK "June! dear June! Now God be praised for June." 'Nuff said; June's bridesman, poet o' the year, Gladness on wings, the bobolink is here; Half hid in tiptop apple-blooms he sings, He climbs against the breeze with quiverin' wings, Or, givin' way to't in a mock despair, Runs down, a brook o' laughter, through the air. Lowell. He was just a bird to start with, half blackbird and the other half sparrow, with some of the meadow-lark's ways of getting along. As to the naming of him, everybody settled that matter at random, until one day he grew tired of being called nicknames and named himself. Think of having "skunk-blackbird" called after a fellow when he deserved the title no more than half a dozen of his feathered friends! He could never imagine what gave him the disagreeable epithet, unless it be his own individual hatred for the animal whose name clung to him like mud. To be sure, the coat of the bird was striped, something like that of the detestable beastie; but so were the coats of many other birds, and he could never tell why he should be called a blackbird, either. True, he loved the marshes for personal reasons; but who has seen a blackbird twist its toes around a reed stalk and sing like mad? So, as we said, he named himself, constituting himself a town crier on behalf of his own concerns. "Bobolink! bobolink!" As often as the blackbird attempted to talk of himself, bobolink chimed in and drowned every other note. And he kept it up for two or three months, until everybody understood that he had given himself a proper name. And each year he returns to remind the skunk and blackbird that he is no other than himself, and to assure people that he is deserving of an original name, whatever else may be said of him. But the skunk nev...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV BOBOLINK "June! dear June! Now God be praised for June." 'Nuff said; June's bridesman, poet o' the year, Gladness ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217447120

ISBN - 13:9780217447126

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