Some Curious Flyers, Creepers and Swimmers

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D. Appleton, 1887 - 224 strani
 

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Stran 142 - Watching the flame grow brighter, higher, The sweet song flits By snatches through his weary brain To help him rest ; When next he goes that road again, An empty nest On leafless bough will make him sigh, " Ah me ! last spring Just here I heard, in passing by, That rare bird sing ! " But while he sighs, remembering How sweet the song, The little bird on tireless wing, Is borne along In other air, and other men With weary feet, On other roads, the simple strain Are finding sweet. The birds must know....
Stran 218 - The various terrors of that horrid shore; Those blazing suns that dart a downward ray, And fiercely shed intolerable day; Those matted woods where birds forget to sing. But silent bats in drowsy clusters cling...
Stran 69 - ... the child — and then came Back with him — choking and crying — but — saved ! Saved safe and sound ! Oh, how the men raved, Shouted and cried, and hurrahed ! Then they all Rushed at the work again, lest the back- wall Where I was lying, away from the fire, Should fall in and bury me. Oh ! you'd admire To see Robin now, he's as bright as a dime, Deep in some mischief, too, most of the time ; Tom, it was, saved him.
Stran 58 - Hampton, the young eels have been seen to ascend the large posts of the flood-gates, in order to make their way, when the gates have been shut longer than usual. Those which die stick to the posts ; others, which get a little higher, meet with the same fate, until at last a sufficient layer of them is formed to enable the rest to overcome the difficulty of the passage.
Stran 180 - But suppose the farmer has surprised an opossum in the act of killing one of his best fowls. His angry feelings urge him to kick the poor beast, which, conscious of its inability to resist, rolls off like a ball. The more the farmer rages, the more reluctant is the animal to manifest resentment ; at last there it lies, not dead, but exhausted, its jaws open, its tongue extended, its eyes dimmed ; and there it would lie until the bottle-fly should come to deposit its eggs, did not its tormentor walk...
Stran 67 - YES, Tom's the best fellow that ever you knew, Just listen to this : — When the old mill took fire, and the flooring fell through, And I with it, helpless, — there, full in my view, What do you think my eyes saw through the fire That crept along, crept along, nigher and nigher, But Robin, my baby boy, laughing to see The shining ? He must have come there after me.
Stran 144 - ... him, a kite pounce on some object on the ground, and rise with it in his talons. In a few moments, however, the kite began to show signs of great uneasiness, rising rapidly in the air, or as quickly falling, and wheeling irregularly round, whilst it was evidently endeavouring to force some obnoxious thing from it with its feet.
Stran 68 - The great beams leaned in — they saw him — then crash, Down came the wall ! The men made a dash, Jumped to get out of the way — and I thought, " All's up with poor little Robin...
Stran 67 - They could not see him, but I could. He sat Still on a beam, his little straw hat Carefully placed by his side; and his eyes Stared at the flame with a baby's surprise, Calm and unconscious, as nearer it crept. The roar of the...
Stran 166 - ... its prehensile tail The other, more than double that length, was caught in the jungle near Chilaw, and brought to me in Colombo. I had always understood that the Pengolin was unable to climb trees, but the one last mentioned frequently ascended a tree in my garden in search of ants, and this it effected by means of its hooked feet, aided by an oblique grasp of the tail. The ants it seized by extending its round and glutinous tongue along their tracks. Generally speaking, they were quiet during...

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