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BIRDS
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[ Also see Albatrosses Animals Beach Birds Birds of Paradise Blackbirds Bluebirds Bobolinks Canaries Cocks Crows Cuckoos Doves Eagles Falcons Geese Hawks Hens Hummingbirds Jackdaws Jays Lapwings Larks Linnets Martlets Mockingbirds Nature Nightingales Ostriches (Estridges) Owls Partridges Peacocks Pelicans Pheasants Pigeons Quail Ravens Robins Rooks Sandpipers Sea Birds Sparrows Swallows Swans Thrushes Turkeys Whippoorwills Wrens ]

That which prevents disagreeable flies from feeding on your repast, was once the proud tail of a splendid bird.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 67)

Birdes of a feather will flocke togither.
      - John Minsheu (Minshew)

Birds, the free tenants of earth, air, and ocean,
  Their forms all symmetry, their motions grace,
    In plumage delicate and beautiful,
      Thick without burthen; close as fish's scales,
        Or loose as full blown poppies on the gale;
          With wings that seem as they'd a soul within them,
            They bear their owners with such sweet en-chantment.
      - James Montgomery

Every bird that upwards swings
  Bears the Cross upon its wings.
      - ascribed to John Mason Neale

See the enfranchised bird, who wildly springs,
  With a keen sparkle in his glowing eye
    And a strong effort in his quivering wings,
      Up to the blue vault of the happy sky.
      - Lady Caroline Sheridan Norton (Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton)

He is a fool who lets slip a bird in the hand for a bird in the bush.
      - Plutarch, Of Garrulity

Ghastly, grim, and ancient Raven, wandering from the Nightly shore,--
  Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!
    Quoth the Raven "Nevermore!"
      - Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven (st. 8)

Hear how the birds, on ev'ry blooming spray,
  With joyous musick wake the dawning day.
      - Alexander Pope, Pastorals--Spring (l. 23)

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
      - Proverb

The birds, great Nature's happy commoners, that haunt in woods in meads; and flowery gardens, rifle the sweets and taste the choicest fruits.
      - Nicholas Rowe

The nightingale, if he should sing by day, when every goose is cackling, would be thought no better a musician than the wren. How many things by season seasoned are to their right praise and true perfection!
      - William Shakespeare

The woosel cock so black of hue,
  With orange-tawny bill,
    The throstle with his note so true,
      The wren with little quill--
        . . . .
          The finch, the sparrow, and the lark,
            The plain-song cuckoo grey,
              Whose note full many a man doth mark,
                And dares not answer nay.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Bottom at III, i)

I heard a bird so sing,
  Whose music, to my thinking, pleased the king.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Lancaster at V, v)

That byrd ys nat honest
  That fylythe hys owne nest.
      - John Skelton, Poems Against Garnesche
         (III)

The bird
  That glads the night had cheer'd the listening groves with sweet complainings.
      - William C. Somerville, The Chace

We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry.
      - John Webster

With sonorous notes
  Of every tone, mix'd in confusion sweet, Our forest rings.
      - Carlos Wilcox


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