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" THERE is a bird, who by his coat, And by the hoarseness of his note, Might be supposed a crow; A great frequenter of the church, Where bishoplike he finds a perch, And dormitory too. Above the steeple shines a plate, That turns and turns, to indicate... "
The Poetical Works of William Cowper - Page 256
by William Cowper - 1854
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Cowper's Shorter Poems

William Cowper - 1896 - 147 pages
...fingers ; But they whom Truth and Wisdom lead, 35 Can gather honey from a weed. THE JACKDAW. THERE is a bird who by his coat, And by the hoarseness of...of the church, Where bishop-like he finds a perch, 5 And dormitory too. Above the steeple shines a plate, That turns and turns, to indicate From what...
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The task, and minor poems [ed.] by E. Lee

William Cowper - 1900
...(He and his house are so combined) If, finding it, he fails to find Its master. THE JACKDAW. THERE is a bird who by his coat, And by the hoarseness of...of the church, Where bishop-like he finds a perch, Above the steeple shines a plate, That turns and turns, to indicate From what point blows the weather...
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The English Poets

Thomas Humphry Ward - 1901
...watery glass, And heaven reflected in her face ( THE JACKDAW. [From the Latin of Vincent Bourne.] There is a bird who by his coat, And by the hoarseness of...indicate From what point blows the weather ; Look up — your brains begin to swim, Tis in the clouds — that pleases him, He chooses it the rather....
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Side-walk Studies

Austin Dobson - 1902 - 294 pages
...into hendecasyllabics, and whose delightful 'Cornicula' Cowper translated as delightfully : ' There is a bird who by his coat, And by the hoarseness of his note, Might be supposed a crow,' etc. Cowper's publisher, Johnson, the Johnson or the ' Olney Hymns ' and of Darwin's ' Botanic Garden,'...
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Familiar Quotations: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced ...

John Bartlett - 1903 - 1158 pages
...All sunk beneath the wave, Fast by their native shore ! On the !""-•: of the Eogal Georye, There is a bird who by his coat, And by the hoarseness of his note, Might be supposed a crow. The Jackdaw. (Translation from Vincent Bourne. l See Young, page 312. ' Var. How he esteems your merit....
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Familiar Quotations: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced ...

John Bartlett - 1903 - 1158 pages
...more 1 All sunk beneath the wave, Fast by their native shore ! On the Lou of the Royal George. There is a bird who by his coat, And by the hoarseness of his note, Might be supposed a crow. The Jackdaw. (Translation from Vincent Bourne. 1 See YounR, page 312. * For. How he esteems your merit....
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The Twentieth Century, Volume 55

1904
...builds in our hollow trees, in our chimneys, in our castles, in our churches, in our cathedrals. There is a bird who, by his coat And by the hoarseness of his note, Might be supposed a crow — A great freqnenter of the Church, Where, bishop-like, he finds a perch And dormitory too. No ruined castle,...
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Superstitions about Animals

Frank F. Gibson - 1904 - 208 pages
...chattering friend, the Jackdaw, is not allowed to go unscathed. Cowper describes it as a bird which " By his coat And by the hoarseness of his note, Might be supposed to be a crow." And he classes him among " Birds obscene of ominous note," a category in which he also...
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Lectures and Essays, Volume 1

Alfred Ainger - 1905 - 740 pages
...Vincent Bourne. Some of us may have read and remembered, I hope, " The Jackdaw " :— THE JACKDAW There is a bird who by his coat, And by the hoarseness of...weather; Look up—your brains begin to swim, 'Tis in the clouds—that pleases him, He chooses it the rather! Fond of the speculative height, Thither he wings...
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The Poems of William Cowper

William Cowper - 1905 - 741 pages
...thoughts to you, Since such a reptile has its gem, And boasts its splendour too. II. THE JACKDAW THERE is a bird who, by his coat, And by the hoarseness...to indicate From what point blows the weather; Look up — your brains begin to swim, 'Tis in the clouds — that pleases him, He chooses it the rather....
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