The Paradise Of Birds; An Old Extravaganza In A Modern Dress

Paperback | May 9, 2012

byWilliam John Courthope

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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. 1870 Excerpt: ...us; For He gave to the Earth the first animal birth, and conceived the Ornithorhyncus. CHORUS. Conceived the Ornithorhyncus! MARESNEST. Yes: who, as you have heard, has a bill like a bird, but hair and four legs like a beast, And possessed in his kind a more provident mind than you'd e'er have presumed from the priest: For he saw in the distance the strife for existence, that must his grandchildren betide, And resolved, as he could, for their ultimate good, a remedy sure to provide. With that, to prepare each descendant and heir for a different diet and clime, He laid, as a test, four eggs in his nest--but he only laid two at a time. On the first he sat still, and kept using his bill, that the head in his chicks might prevail. Ere he hatched the next young, head downwards he slung from the branches, to lengthen his tail. Conceive how he watched till his chickens were hatched, with what joy he observed that each brood Were unlike at the start, had their dwellings apart, and distinct adaptations for food. Thereafter each section by Nature's selection proceeded to husband and wive, And the truth can't be blinked that the weak grew extinct, while the lusty continued to thrive. Eggs were laid as before, but each time more and more varieties struggled and bred, Till one end of the scale dropped its ancestor's tail, and the other got rid of his head. From the bill, in brief words, were developed the Birds, unless our tame pigeons and ducks be; From the tail and hind legs, in the second-laid eggs, the Apes and--Professor Huxley. CHORUS. The Apes, and Professor Huxley! MARESNEST. Yes; one Protoplasm, connecting the chasm 'twixt Mammal, and Keptile, and Roc, With millions of dozens of fungus first cousins, reduces the world to one stock; And though Man has a place fr...

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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. 1870 Excerpt: ...us; For He gave to the Earth the first animal birth, and conceived the Ornithorhyncus. CHORUS. Conceived the Ornithorhyncus! MAR...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:May 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217362842

ISBN - 13:9780217362849

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