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PEACOCKS
[ Also see Animals Birds ]

For everything seemed resting on his nod,
  As they could read in all eyes. Now to them,
    Who were accustomed, as a sort of god,
      To see the sultan, rich in many a gem,
        Like an imperial peacock stalk abroad
          (That royal bird, whose tail's a diadem,)
            With all the pomp of power, it was a doubt
              How power could condescend to do without.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto VII, st. 74)

To frame the little animal, provide
  All the gay hues that wait on female pride:
    Let Nature guide thee; sometimes golden wire
      The shining belles of the fly require;
        The peacock's plumes thy tackle must not fail,
          Nor the dear purchase of the sable's tail.
      - John Gay, Rural Sports (canto I, l. 177)

To Paradise, the Arabs say,
  Satan could never find the way
    Until the peacock led him in.
      - Charles Godfrey Leland, The Peacock

Let frantic Talbot triumph for a while
  And like a peacock sweep along his tail;
    We'll pull his plumes and take away his train,
      If Dauphin and the rest will be but ruled.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part I
         (Pucelle at III, iii)

Fly pride, says the peacock: mistress, that you know.
      - William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors
         (Dromio of Syracuse at IV, iii)

Why, 'a stalks up and down like a peacock--a stride and a stand; ruminates like an hostess that hath no arithmetic but her brain to set down her reckoning; bites his lip with a politic regard, as who should say, 'There were wit in this head an 'twould out'; and so there is, but it lies as coldly in him as fire in a flint, which will not show without knocking.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Thersites at III, iii)

And there they placed a peacock in his pride,
  Before the damsel.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Gareth and Lynette


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