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CROWS
[ Also see Birds ]

Only last night he felt deadly sick, and, after a great deal of pain, two black crows flew out of his mouth and took wing from the room.
      - Unattributed Author, Gesta Romanorum
         (tale XLV)

To shoot at crows is powder flung away.
      - John Gay ep. IV, last line

If the old shower-foretelling crow
  Croak not her boding note in vain,
    To-morrow's eastern storm shall strow
      The woods with leaves, with weeds the main.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ecce Homo Amore!
         (book III, ode XVII, l. 9),
        (Francis translation)

Even the blackest of them all, the crow,
  Renders good service as your man-at-arms,
    Crushing the beetle in his coat of mail,
      And crying havoc on the slug and snail.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Tales of a Wayside Inn--The Poet's Tale--Birds of Killingworth
         (st. 19)

Come, seeling night,
  Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day,
    And with thy bloody and invisible hand
      Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond
        Which keeps me pale. Light thickens, and the crow
          Makes wing to th' rooky wood.
            Good things of day begin to droop and drowse,
              While night's black agents to their prey do rouse.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at III, ii)

The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark
  When neither is attended; and I think
    The nightingale, if she should sing by day
      When every goose is cackling, would be thought
        No better a musician than the wren.
          How many thing by season seasoned are
            To their right praise and true perfection!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice (Portia at V, i)

As the many-winter'd crow that leads the clanging rookery home.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall
         (st. 34)


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