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SPARROWS
[ Also see Animals Birds ]

Blithe wanderer of the wintry air,
  Now here, now ;there, now everywhere,
    Quick drifting to and fro,
      A cheerful life devoid of care,
        A shadow on the snow.
      - George W. Bungay

Tell me not of joy: there's none
  Now my little sparrow's gone;
    He, just as you,
      Would toy and woo,
        He would chirp and flatter me,
          He would hang the wing awhile,
            Till at length he saw me smile,
              Lord! how sullen he would be!
      - William Cartwright, Lesbia and the Sparrow

The sparrows chirped as if they still were proud
  Their race in Holy Writ should mentioned be.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Tales of a Wayside Inn--The Poet's Tale--The Birds of Killingworth
         (st. 2)

And in thy own sermon, thou
  That the sparrow falls dost allow,
    It shall not cause me any alarm;
      For neither so comes the bird to harm,
        Seeing our Father, thou hast said,
          Is by the sparrow's dying bed;
            Therefore it is a blessed place,
              And the sparrow in high grace.
      - George MacDonald

The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long,
  That it had it head bit off by it young.
      - William Shakespeare

For you know, nuncle,
  The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long
    That it's had it head bit off by it young.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Fool at I, iv)

Behold, within the leafy shade,
  Those bright blue eggs together laid!
    On me the chance-discovered sight
      Gleamed like a vision of delight.
      - William Wordsworth, The Sparrow's Nest


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