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Line 206. Did you ever observe the spiral flight of the nighthawk ?
Line 225. In what sense are the wheat fields his?
Today, the 7th of September, I made a discovery. The pair of redbirds' that built in my cedar trees last winter got duly away with the brood. Several times during summer rambles I cast my eye about, but they 245 were not to be seen. Early this afternoon I struck out across the country towards a sink hole in a field two miles away.
Within the fence everything is an impenetrable thicket of weeds and vines — blackberry, thistle, 250 ironweed, pokeweed, elder, goldenrod. As I drew near, I saw two or three birds dive down, with the shy way they have at this season; and when I came to the edge, everything was quiet. But I threw a stone at a point where the tangle was deep, and there 255 was a great fluttering and scattering of the pretenders. And then occurred more than I had looked for.
1 The cardinal grosbeak, a beautiful but shy song bird, the :: Kentucky cardinal,” which gives the title to the book from which these selections were taken.
The stone had hardly struck the brush when what
looked like a tongue of vermilion flame leaped forth 260 near by, and, darting across, struck itself out of
sight in the green vines on the opposite slope. A male and a female cardinal flew up also, balancing themselves on sprays of the blackberry, and utter
ing excitedly their quick call notes. I whistled to the 265 male as I had been used, and he recognized me by
shooting up his crest, and hopping to nearer twigs with louder inquiry. All at once, as if an idea had urged him, he sprang across to the spot where the first
frightened male had disappeared. I could still hear 270 him under the vines, and presently he reappeared
and flew up into a locust tree on the farther edge of the basin, followed by the other. What had taken place or took place then I do not know; but I wished
he might be saying: “My son, that man over there 275 is the one who was very good to your mother and me
last winter, and who owns the tree you were born in. I have warned you, of course, never to trust Man; but I would advise you, when
you have found
your sweetheart, to give him' a trial, and take her to his 280 cedar trees."
From A Kentucky Cardinal, JAMES LANE ALLEN.
Which of the “Months” as described by Mr. Allen do you like best? Why? Which month of the year is your favorite?
1 Him, this particular man.
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
Of all the poets of England, with the possible exception of his friend Keats, Shelley is the most spirituelle as distinguished from spiritual. His imagination
was extremely vivid and broad. He was particularly gifted in discerning the higher meanings of nature. All the world was full of delicate
suggestions to Shelley. He lived but thirty years, and in that time wrote immortal verse.
His life was somewhat irregular, but this apparently was the ebullition of a youth of genius. If he had lived to mature years, it would have passed away.
The Cloud is telling the tale of its wonderful career.
From the seas and the streams;
In their noonday dreams. 5 From my wings are shaken the dews that waken
The sweet buds every one,
As she dances about the sun.
And whiten the green plains under,
And laugh as I pass in thunder.
And their great pines groan aghast;
While I sleep in the arms of the blast.
Lightning my pilot sits,
It struggles and howls at fits;
This pilot is guiding me,
In the depths of the purple sea;
Over the lakes and the plains,
The Spirit he loves remains;
Whilst he is dissolving in rains.
The sanguine 1 sunrise, with his meteor eyes,
And his burning plumes outspread, Leaps on the back of my sailing rack,?
When the morning star shines dead, As on the jag of a mountain crag,
Which an earthquake rocks and swings. An eagle lit one moment may sit
In the light of its golden wings. And when sunset may breathe, from the lit sea be
From the depths of heaven above,
As still as a brooding dove.
That orbed maiden with white fire laden,
Whom mortals call the moon, ,
By the midnight breezes strewn;
1 Sanguine, bloody, red.
2 Rack, cloud substance.