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LONDON:

PRINTED BY JOSEPH RICKER BY,

SHER BOURN LANE.

TO

THE BELOVED YOUNG RELATIVES,

FOR WHOSE AMUSEMENT THESE

SKETCHES OF NATURAL HISTORY

WERE COMMENCED,

THE COMPLETED WORK

IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED,

BY

THE AUTHOR.

TO

MY BROTHER'S CHILDREN.

YOUNG wanderers by the mountain-streams,
Whose days are all like sunny dreams,
To
you,
from woodlands far

away,
I come, with legend and with lay:
Songs of many a tuneful bird,
Amid your own green vallies heard;
Warblers whose strains are full of glee,
Blythe as your own blythe songs can be;
And tale, and sketch, and song I bring,
Of birds who wave the glossy winy,
And sing their tiny broods to rest,
In the deep forests of the west.

Of other songsters too I tell,
Who in fair eastern gardens dwell,
Sipping the dews from Indian flowers,
And nestling in the spicy bowers.

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