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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
The Ousel-Cock, So Black of Hue
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “A Midsummer-Night’s Dream,” Act III. Scene 1

THE OUSEL-COCK, so black of hue,
  With orange-tawny bill,
The throstle with his note so true,
  The wren with little quill;
The finch, the sparrow, and the lark,        5
  The plain-song cuckoo 1 gray,
Whose note full many a man doth mark,
  And dares not answer nay.
 
Note 1. The Plain-song cuckoo. Cf. Note to No. 11. [back]
 
 
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