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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Blackbird
 
The birds have ceased their songs,
All save the blackbird, that from yon tall ash,
’Mid Pinkie’s greenery, from his mellow throat,
In adoration of the setting sun,
Chants forth his evening hymn.
        Moir—An Evening Sketch.
  1
Golden Bill! Golden Bill!
  Lo, the peep of day;
All the air is cool and still.
From the elm-tree on the hill,
  Chant away:
    *    *    *    *    *
Let thy loud and welcome lay
Pour alway
Few notes but strong.
        Montgomery—The Blackbird.
  2
A slender young Blackbird built in a thorn-tree:
A spruce little fellow as ever could be;
His bill was so yellow, his feathers so black,
So long was his tail, and so glossy his back,
That good Mrs. B., who sat hatching her eggs,
And only just left them to stretch her poor legs,
And pick for a minute the worm she preferred,
Thought there never was seen such a beautiful bird.
        D. M. Mulock.—The Blackbird and the Rooks.
  3
O Blackbird! sing me something well:
  While all the neighbors shoot thee round,
  I keep smooth plats of fruitful ground,
Where thou may’st warble, eat and dwell.
        Tennyson—The Blackbird.
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