A History of the Earth, and Animated Nature, Volume 2

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Page 274 - See! from the brake the whirring pheasant springs, And mounts exulting on triumphant wings: Short is his joy; he feels the fiery wound, Flutters in blood, and panting beats the ground. Ah! what avail his glossy, varying dyes, His purple crest, and scarlet-circled eyes, The vivid green his shining plumes unfold, His painted wings, and breast that flames with gold?
Page 209 - ... of thought or common sense. She mistakes a piece of chalk for an egg, and sits upon it in the same manner. She is insensible of any increase or diminution in the number of those she lays. She does not distinguish between her own and...
Page 305 - Its -egg is not ready for incubation till some weeks after its arrival, .seldom before the middle of May. A fortnight is taken up by the sitting bird in hatching the egg. The young bird generally -continues three weeks in the nest before it flies, and the...
Page 304 - ... its load with a jerk, and quite disengaged it from the nest. It remained in this situation a short time, feeling about with the extremities of its wings as if to be convinced whether the business was properly executed, and then dropped into the nest again.
Page 357 - It is like an interrupted bellowing of a bull, but hollower and louder, and is heard at a mile's distance as if issuing from some formidable being that resided at the bottom of the waters.
Page 209 - Animals in their generation are wiser than the sons of men ; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass. Take a brute out of his instinct, and you find him wholly deprived of understanding.
Page 209 - With what caution does the hen provide herself a nest in places unfrequented, and free from noise and disturbance! When she has laid her eggs in such a manner that she can cover them, what care does she take in turning them frequently, that all parts may partake of the vital warmth...
Page 246 - III. to steal a hawk. To take its eggs, even in a person's own ground, was punishable with imprisonment for a year and a day, together with a fine at the king's pleasure. In...
Page 264 - No animal in the world has greater courage than the Cock, when opposed to one of his own species : and in every part of the world, where refinement and polished manners have not entirely taken place, cockfighting is a principal diversion. In China, India, the Philippine Islands, and all over the east, cock-fighting is the sport and amusement even of kings and princes.
Page 358 - I remember, in the place where I was a boy, with what terror this bird's note affected the whole village; they considered it as the presage of some sad event; and generally found or made one to succeed it. I do not speak ludicrously ; but if any person in the neighbourhood died, they supposed it could not be otherwise, for the night-raven had foretold it: but if nobody happened to die, the death of a cow or a sheep gave completion to the prophecy.

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