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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Cuckoo
 
How sweet the sound of the cuckoo’s note!
Whence is the magic pleasure of the sound?
        Grahame.—Birds of Scotland, Part II. Line 1.
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The cuckoo then on every tree,
Mocks married men, for thus sings he,
              Cuckoo!
Cuckoo! Cuckoo! O word of fear,
Unpleasing sound to the married ear.
        Shakespeare.—Love’s Labour’s Lost, Act V. Scene 2. (A song at the end of the Act.)
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The finch, the sparrow, and the lark,
  The plain-song cuckoo gray,
Whose note full many a man doth mark,
  And dares not answer nay.
        Shakespeare.—Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act III. Scene 1. (Bottom, singing.)
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With the hymns of the church, and the plain song.
        Longfellow.—Evangeline, Part I. Div. 1.
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Why do you weep, you cuckoo?
        Riley’s Plautus, Vol. I. The Pseudolus, Act I. Scene 1.
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