British Zoology, Volume 1

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William Eyres, 1776 - Animals - 278 pages

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Page 302 - But, first and chiefest, with thee bring Him that yon soars on golden wing, Guiding the fiery-wheeled throne, The Cherub Contemplation; And the mute Silence hist along, 'Less Philomel will deign a song, In her sweetest saddest plight, Smoothing the rugged brow of Night, While Cynthia checks her dragon yoke Gently o'er the accustomed oak.
Page 305 - Wisely regardful of the embroiling sky, In joyless fields and thorny thickets, leaves His shivering mates, and pays to trusted man His annual visit. Half afraid, he first Against the window beats; then, brisk, alights On the warm hearth; then, hopping o'er the floor, Eyes all the smiling family askance, And pecks, and starts, and wonders where he is; Till more familiar grown, the table-crumbs Attract his slender feet.
Page 70 - ... the seller was to forfeit to the buyer the third part of its value. If any one stole or killed the cat that guarded the prince's granary, he was to forfeit a milch ewe, its fleece and lamb ; or as much wheat as, when poured on the cat suspended by its tail (the head touching the floor) would form a heap high enough to cover the tip of the former.
Page 301 - It is found but in some of the southern parts of the country, being totally unknown in Scotland, Ireland, or North Wales. They frequent thick hedges and low coppices, and generally keep in the middle of the bush, so that they are rarely seen. They begin their song in the evening, and generally continue it for the whole night.
Page 290 - When the weather grows gloomy, the larker changes his engine, and makes use of a trammel-net, twentyseven or twenty-eight feet long, and five broad ; which is put on two poles, eighteen feet long, and carried by men under each arm, who...
Page 290 - ... bits of looking-glass, fixed in a piece of wood, and placed in the middle of the nets, which are put in a quick whirling motion by the string the larker commands ; he also makes use of a decoy-lark.
Page 18 - When it is necessary to kill any, they are always shot ; if the keeper only wounds the beast, he must take care to keep behind some tree, or his life would be in danger from. the furious attacks of the animal ; which will never desist till a period is put to its life.
Page 336 - Lothian ; not once only, but from year to year ; and that when they were expofed to the warmth of a fire, they revived.
Page 3 - Britifh horfes, is to be drawn from that of our mill-horfes: fome of thefe will carry at one load thirteen meafures, which at a moderate computation of 70 pounds each, will amount to 910; a weight fuperior to that which the lefler...
Page 65 - also kept their Bear-ward : twenty shillings was the annual reward of that officer from his lord, the fifth Earl of Northumberland, ' when he comyth to my Lorde in Cristmas, with his Lordshippe's beests for making of his Lordschip pastyme the said twelve days.

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