Love's Meinie

Three Lectures on Greek and English Birds

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Author: John Ruskin
Published: 1897
Language: English
Wordcount: 42,323 / 128 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.5
LoC Category: QH
Downloads: 642
Added to site: 2007.04.19
mnybks.net#: 16656
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Nature
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of the entire group of the birds of prey, which in my sevenfold classification I recommended you to call universally, "hawks." The robin is only one of the far greater multitude of small birds which live almost indiscriminately on grain or insects, and which I recommended you to call generally "sparrows"; but of the robin itself, there are two important European varieties--one red-breasted, and the other blue-breasted.

10. You probably, some of you, never heard of the blue-breast; very few, certainly, have seen one alive, and, if alive, certainly not wild in England.

Here is a picture of it, daintily done,[7] and you can see the pretty blue shield on its breast, perhaps, at this distance. Vain shield, if ever the fair little thing is wretched enough to set foot on English ground! I find the last that was seen was shot at Margate so long ago as 1842,--and there seems to be no official record of any visit before that, since Mr. Thomas Embledon shot one on Newcastle town moor in 1816. But this rar

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