Winged Words on Chantrey's Woodcocks

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James Patrick Muirhead
J. Murray, 1857 - 120 pages
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Page xxi - ... twas my joy With store of springes o'er my shoulder hung To range the open heights where woodcocks run Along the smooth green turf. Through half the night, Scudding away from snare to snare, I plied That anxious visitation ; — moon and stars Were shining o'er my head.
Page xxi - Frost, and the breath of frosty wind, had snapped The last autumnal crocus, 'twas my joy With store of springes o'er my shoulder hung To range the open heights where woodcocks run Along the smooth green turf. Through half the night, Scudding away from snare to snare, I plied That anxious visitation ; — moon and stars Were shining o'er my head.
Page 42 - ... wrath) fell headlong from the fields of air, Yet a rich guerdon waits on minds that dare, If aught be in them of immortal seed And reason govern that audacious flight Which heavenward they direct. — Then droop not thou, Erroneously renewing a sad vow In the low dell 'mid Roslin's faded grove : A cheerful life is what the Muses love, A soaring spirit is their prime delight.
Page xxi - Became my prey ; and when the deed was done I heard among the solitary hills Low breathings coming after me, and sounds Of undistinguisliable motion, steps Almost as silent as the turf they trod.
Page 96 - Corinna, vale', colle sub Elysio nigra nemus ilice frondet 50 udaque perpetuo gramine terra viret. si qua fides dubiis, volucrum locus ille piarum dicitur...
Page xxvii - A sege of herons, and of bitterns; an herd of swans, of cranes, and of curlews; a dopping of sheldrakes; 3 a spring of teels; a covert of cootes; a gaggle of geese; a badelynge of ducks ; a sord or sute of mallards ; a muster of peacocks; a nye of pheasants; a bevy of quails; a covey of partridges; a congregation of plovers: a flight of doves; a dule of...
Page xxxi - we have a subject of the highest sort — the nourishing principle which upholds the world, and pervades all nature, is here brought before our eyes by a beautiful symbol. This, and similar images, I call the true symbols of the omnipresence of God.
Page lii - And features yet that spoke a soul more fair. Mute, gazing, agonizing as he knelt, — Of them that stood encircling his despair, He heard some friendly words ; — but knew not what they were.
Page xxi - Fostered alike by beauty and by fear: Much favoured in my birthplace, and no less In that beloved Vale to which erelong We were transplanted — there were we let loose For sports of wider range.
Page xxv - Chantrey was placed in the gravel-pit that you will remember just under the Hall. I was standing next to him, but hid from him by the bank formed by the pit. Knowing how keen a sportsman he was, I was amazed at seeing him running up to me without his gun, just at the moment when the hares were passing us in all directions ; but when I saw him waving his Peruvian hat over his head, and distinguished his joyous countenance, I knew that all was right.

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