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The wonder of the English skylark's song is its Copiousness and sustained strength. There is no theme, Bo beginning or end, like most of the best bird-songs, and a perfect swarm of notes pouring out like bees from a hive. We have many more melodious songsters; the bobolink in the meadows, the vesper sparrow in the pastures, the purple finch in the groves, the winter wren, or any of the thrushes in the woods, or the wood wagtail. But our birds all stop where the English sky­lark has only just begun. Away he goes on quivering wing, inflating his throat fuller and fuller, mounting Vid mounting, and turning to all points of the compass
as if to embrace the whole landscape In his song, the notes still raining upon you as distinct as ever, after you have left him far behind. The English skylark also sings long after all the other birds are silent—as if he had perpetual spring in his heart.—John Burroughs. It would, of course, be more amusing to recite con­nected than unconnected words, as it is more amusing to sing passages than single notes; but as no singing voice ever yet was formed by the exclusive utterance of anything that could be called music, so no speaking voice will ever be formed by the exclusive utterance of anything that can be spoken of as literature.—Hullah,
FISHERMEN'S CHORUS
D. F. E. Auber.
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