Locusts and Wild Honey (Google eBook)

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D. Douglas, 1884 - Natural history - 316 pages
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Page 41 - Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey.
Page 16 - A SWARM of bees in May Is worth a load of hay; A swarm of bees in June Is worth a silver spoon; A swarm of bees in July Is not worth a fly.
Page 68 - You must have the bird in your heart before you can find it in the bush. The eye must have purpose and aim. No one ever yet found the walking fern who did not have the walking fern in his mind. A person whose eye is full of Indian relics picks them up in every field he walks through.
Page 226 - And the fear-chill fell upon me At the crossing of the brook. For I saw by the sickly moonlight, As I followed, bending low, That the walking of the stranger Left no foot-marks on the snow. Then the fear-chill gathered o'er me, Like a shroud around me cast, As I sank upon the snow-drift Where the shadow hunter passed.
Page 68 - I do not see them or hear them," she replied, "and yet I want to very much." " No," said I; "you only want to want to see and hear them." You must have the bird in your heart before you can find it in the bush.
Page 77 - ... clung there with a grip that soon grew uncomfortable. I placed him in the loft of an outhouse, in hopes of getting better acquainted with him. By day he was a very willing prisoner, scarcely moving at all, even when approached and touched with the hand, but looking out upon the world with half-closed, sleepy eyes. But at night what a change ! how alert, how wild, how active! He was like another bird; he darted about with wide, fearful eyes, and regarded me like a cornered cat. I opened the window,...
Page 227 - And the otter-trappers found me, Before the break of day, With my dark hair blanched and whitened As the snow in which I lay. " ' But they spoke not as they raised me ; For they knew that in the night I had seen the shadow hunter And had withered in his sight. " ' Sancta Maria speed us ! The sun is fallen low: Before us lies the valley Of the Walker of the Snow ! '
Page 30 - ... her as a pivot, over meadows, across creeks and swamps, straight for the heart of the mountain, about a mile distant, slow at first, so that the youth who gave chase kept up with them, but increasing their speed till only a foxhound could have kept them in sight. I saw their pursuer laboring up the side of the mountain...
Page 49 - A male bird brought to his box a large, fine goose feather, which is a great find for a sparrow and much coveted. After he had deposited his prize and chattered his gratulations over it he went away in quest of his mate. His next-door neighbor, a female bird, seeing her chance, quickly slipped in and seized the feather, and here the wit of the bird came out, for instead of carrying it into her own box she flew with it to a near tree and hid it in a fork of the branches, then went home, and when...
Page 49 - English sparrows, and wrote an account of it in his newspaper; it is too good not to be true : A male bird brought to his box a large, fine goose feather, which is a great find for a sparrow and much coveted. After he had deposited his prize and chattered his gratulations over it, he went away in quest of his mate. His next-door neighbor, a female bird, seeing her chance, quickly slipped in and seized the feather; and here the wit of the bird came out, for instead of carrying it into her own box...

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