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PELICANS
[ Also see Animals Birds ]

What, wouldst thou have me turn pelican, and feed thee out of my own vitals?
      - William Congreve, Love for Love
         (act II, sc. 1)

By them there sat the loving pelican,
  Whose young ones, poison'd by the serpent's sting,
    With her own blood to life again doth bring.
      - Michael Drayton, Noah's Flood

A wonderful bird is the pelican
  His bill can hold more than his belican.
    He can take in his beak
      Food enough for a week;
        But I'm damned if I see how the helican.
      - Dixon Lanier Merritt

Nimbly they seized and secreted their prey,
  Alive and wriggling in the elastic net,
    Which Nature hung beneath their grasping beaks;
      Till, swoln, with captures, the unwieldy burden
        Clogg'd their slow flight, as heavily to land,
          These mighty hunters of the deep return'd.
            There on the cragged cliffs they perch'd at ease,
              Gorging their hapless victims one by one;
                Then full and weary, side by side, they slept,
                  Till evening roused them to the chase again.
      - James Montgomery, Pelican Island
         (canto IV, l. 141)

Nature's prime favourites were the Pelicans;
  High-fed, long-lived, and sociable and free.
      - James Montgomery, Pelican Island
         (canto V, l. 141)

The nursery of brooding Pelicans,
  The dormitory of their dead, had vanish'd,
    And all the minor spots of rock and verdue,
      The abodes of happy millions, were no more.
      - James Montgomery, Pelican Island
         (canto VI, l. 74)


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