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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Bobolink
 
        Modest and shy as a nun is she;
  One weak chirp is her only note;
Braggarts and prince of braggarts is he,
  Pouring boasts from his little throat.
Bryant.    
  1
        Robert of Lincoln’s Quaker wife,
  Pretty and quiet, with plain brown wings,
Passing at home a patient life,
  Broods in the grass white her husband sings.
Bryant.    
  2
        When Nature had made all her birds,
  With no more cares to think on,
She gave a rippling laugh and out
  There flew a bobolink.
C. P. Cranch.    
  3
        Bobolink! that in the meadow,
Or beneath the orchard’s shadow,
Keepest up a constant rattle
Joyous as my children’s prattle,
Welcome to the north again.
Thos. Hill.    
  4
        Out of the fragrant heart of bloom,
  The bobolinks are singing;
Out of the fragrant heart of bloom
The apple-tree whispers to the room,
“Why art thou but a nest of gloom
While the bobolinks are singing?”
W. D. Howells.    
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