The Living Age Volume 302

The Living Age Volume 302

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...marbles. So I made haste to avoid the bitterness which a realization of the steady decline in wild-bird life always brings, and set off down the pretty village street for the Plestor, the little square with the sycamore which has supplanted 'the vast oak, the delight of young and old, ' overturned by a tempest in 1703. Thence into the churchyard, keeping the eyes resolutely turned away from 'The Wakes, ' which now looks like a suburban residence of London. Well, thank God for the churchyard and the mossy-girthed yew and the cypresses and the squat, square tower of the church. Thank, too, the blessed spirit of the place which hides the small leaning gravestone of Gilbert White with long, waving grasses. That stone, with 'G. W.' upon it and the dates of his birth and death, is still inviolate, and no progressive person has stood over it and exclaimed: 'What needs my Gilbert for his honored bones?'--while the alfrighted familiars of the spirit shrieked and departed. But all the screams I heard were the soft, inflected ones of the greenfinches, varied with their delightful fluttering song. In the big sycamore, where, Mr. Hudson tells us, he saw the cirl bunting (I saw him on the way home), the 'ecclesiastical daw' was building and the hole was so small that the female took half a minute to squeeze herself through. Lower down on the same tree, a flycatcher had its perch, and repeatedly swung off it to round up a fly in a sweeping curve and return. In White's time, twelve pairs of swifts circled the tower; when Mr. Hudson went to Selborne, it was eight, and I saw but two, though this year swifts outnumber both swallows and house martins put together. It made me uncomfortable to...
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  • Paperback | 456 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 807g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236895045
  • 9781236895042