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WRENS
[ Also see Animals Birds ]

Thus the fable tells us, that the wren mounted as high as the eagle, by getting upon his back.
      - Unattributed Author,
        in the "Tatler", no. 224

And then the wren gan scippen and to daunce.
      - ascribed to Geoffrey Chaucer,
        Court of Love (l. 1,372)

I took the wren's nest;--
  Heaven forgive me!
    Its merry architects so small
      Had scarcely finished their wee hall,
        That empty still, and nest and fair,
          Hung idly in the summer air.
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik),
        The Wren's Nest

For the poor wren
  (The most diminutive of birds) will fight,
    Her young ones in her nest, against the owl.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Lady Macduff at IV, ii)

Among the dwellings framed by birds
  In field or forest with nice care,
    Is none that with the little wren's
      In snugness may compare.
      - William Wordsworth, A Wren's Nest


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