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FANCIES ABOUT A LOCK OF HAIR.
BY S. D. ANDERSON
How his heart swelled to overflow
Under a sky so dark and drear
What is this dream that o'er me now
Comes with its bright and sunny spell, As starlight falls on childhood's brow?
Haply this lock of hair can tell.
Are linked with this dear gift of thineThe doubts, the memories, and the tears
That cluster round this bygone shrine.
How on the soul came Care and Pain,
Twin-sisters of the soulless Real, The race and haggle for the gain
That those who win the world must feel.
The air seems filled with boyhood's flowers,
The perfume of the summer fields; The dreams and gladness of the hours
That freshness to our pathway yields. Times when the heart was glad and
young, A thousand scenes of love and truth, That, rose-like, from our track have sprung,
Amid the dreamy times of youth. Hours when each gushing fount of life
Leaped high amid this desert wild, Come angel-like to calm the strife,
As once they did when Eden smiled.
Come such rich summer times,
Like old remembered rhymes.
Two lovers 'neath the trees so hoary; She, blushing to the solitude
Beneath his simple touching story ; Her sweet face coyly turned away,
To hide the thoughts that on her cheek Are mantling like the wakened day
Upon the mountain's highest peak. And he, perhaps some poet who
Had filled the world with golden dreams, Hopes, that around his path upgrew,
As wild flowers deck the singing streams.
The striving to become a part
Of that great sea whose tideings ever Bears on its waves each manly heart,
That, struggling, droops its pinions never. And now there is a bridal throng
Slow winding through the moss-grown aisle ; The ring, the vow, the nuptial song,
From age a tear, from youth a smile. A cot with jessamine-covered door,
A streamlet singing all the day, And on the dew-bespangled floor
A thousand golden sunbeams play. Gay groups of happy children there,
The old oak and the breathless swing, The shouts of laughter on the air,
The chaplets that the young girls bring. All's gone! except these gushing tears,
Sad relics of the joyous past, The shrines that memory uprears
To shield the incense from the blast.
Some sleep beneath the ocean's wave,
Some 'neath the flowers that loved ones tend, Others have found an early grave
Where stranger skies above them bend,
Beneath the violet-covered earth,
And roses have a dewy birth.
Could rest forever by her side,
Are pillowed on the sleeping tide.
And thus, as hand in hand they go,
He tells her much we may not hcar
THE PRECIOUS REST.
BY RICHARD COE, JR.
Once on a lovely summer day,
While in a garden strayingTill suddenly I heard him say,
“I am tired with playing !" Then running to his father he Laid down his head upon his knee, And slept, oh! how contentedly?
So life is but a summer day,
While through the world a-straying: And often, too, we hear him say,
" I am tired with playing !" Till hast'ning to his Father, he Lays down his head upon his knee, And rests, oh! how contentedly !
This singular bird is found throughout the greater of a beautiful mouled-brown, relieved by other colors. portion of the United States, and by the notes from It is noted for an extravagantly large mouth, beset on which it derives its name is known to almost every each side with thick bristles, and for a very strong farmer. The species was long considered identical bill. The female is less in size than the male, and with the Night Hawk; but this fallacy was fully ex- rather lighter colored. She begins to lay toward the posed by Wilson. The Whip-poor-will appears in middle of May, choosing for this purpose a dry situathe Middle States toward the end of April, when its tion, covered with brush, decayed leaves, etc., but low, sad wail, may be heard at evening along the building no nest. The eggs are two in number, dark creeks and by the woods of the country. So pecu- and marbled. The young appear early in June. liarly mournful is this sound that the ignorant almost The Goatsucker, Night Hawk, and seventeen other invariably consider it an omen of approaching evil. species belong to the same genus as the Whip-poorBy the Indians it is regarded as a spirit-voice, boding will. Of these fifteen belong to America. Nuttall death or perhaps national calamity. The bird articu- has the following remarks on some of these. lates pretty distinctly the syllables whip-poor-will, “But if superstition takes alarm at our familiar the first and last being uttered with great emphasis. and simple species, what would be thought by the A kind of chuckling sound sometimes precedes the ignorant of a South American kind, large as the principal tone. At these times the bird is generally Wood Owl, which, in the lonely forests of Demerara, on the wing, flying close to the ground in the manner about midnight, breaks out, lamenting like one in of swallows, and sometimes skimming around houses. deep distress, and in a tone more dismal even than The notes of the Whip-poor-will are continued until the painful hexachord of the slothful Ai. The sounds, about midnight, and on fine moonlight nights until like the expiring sighs of some agonizing victim, morning. The shady banks of creeks and rivulets begin with a high, loud noie,'ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! ha! are favorite haunts. During the day they remain in ha" each tone falling lower and lower, till the last the darkest parts of the forest, hushed to silence like syllable is scarcely heard, pausing a moment or two owls, and apparently annoyed at the presence of sun between this reiterated tale of seeming sadness. light. The cry of the Whip-poor-will is not heard “Four other species of the Goat-sucker, according after the middle of June; and early in September it to Waterton, also inhabit the tropical wilderness, departs for the south.
among which is included our present subject. Figure The Whip-poor-will is nine inches and a half long, to yourself the surprise and wonder of the stranger who takes up his solitary abode for the first night, fully cries, 'willy come go, willy-willy-willy amidst these awful and interminable forests, when, come go!' and as you get among the highlands, our at twilight, he begins to be assailed familiarly with a old acquaintance vociferates, 'whip-poor-will, whip spectral equivocal bird, approaching within a few | --whip-whip-poor-will! It is, therefore, not suryards, and then accosting him with 'who-are-you, prising that such unearthly sounds should be conwho-who-who are you?' Another approaches, sidered in the light of supernatural forebodings issuand bids him, as if a slave under the lash, 'working from spectres in the guise of birds." away, work-work-work-away" A third, mourn
This lively and beautiful bird is widely diffused | interweaves or fabricates a strong, firm kind of cloth, through the United States under the names of Oriole, not unlike the substance of a hat in its raw state, Hanging-Bird, Golden Robin, Fire Bird, and Balti- forming it into a pouch of six or seven inches in more Bird. According to Catesby, the latter name depth, lining it substantially with various soft suboriginates from the colors of its plumage being the stances well interwoven with the outward netting, same as that of Lord Baltimore's livery. It is seven and lastly, finishes with a layer of horse-hair; the inches in length. The head, throat, and upper part whole being shaded from the sun and rain by a of the back, are black, and the remaining portions natural pent-house or canopy of leaves.” The solibright orange, inclining to vermilion on the breast, citude of the Baltimore to obtain proper materials for with some white among the feathers of the wings. his nest, often leads him to commit depredations on The colors of the female are less bright than those of the farmer's hemp, or the thread and silk of the the male, and she is somewhat smaller. The male housewife. Skeins of these materials have been does not acquire his full plumage until the third spring, found in the nest after its being deserted by the undergoing in the intermediate time many singular young.
According to Nuttall, the Oriole possesses a proThe Oriole family are distinguished for the singular pensity to imitate other birds. He is particular in
“For this purpose,” says describing their natural notes. “The mellow-whistWilson, " he generally fixes on the high-bending ex- led notes which they are heard to trumpet from the tremities of the branches, fastening strong strings of high branches of our tallest trees and gigantic elms, hemp or flax round two forked twigs, corresponding resemble at times, tshippe-tshayia too too, and to the intended width of the nest. With the same 'tshippee-'tshippee, too too, (with the two last sylmaterials, mixed with quantities of loose tow, he lables loud and full) These notes are also varied so
manner of building.
as to resemble 'tsh, 'tsh'tsheet shoo tshoo tshoo,* also tsh'rry, notes copied from the exhaustless stock of tsh, 'tsheefă 'tsheefă tshoo and 'k'tufătúf a túf a the Carolina Wren, (also heard on his passage,) but téa kērry.t Another bird I have occasionally heard modulated to suit the fancy of our vocalist. The female to call for hours, with some lille variation, tu teo likewise sings, but less agreeably than the male." teo teo too, in a loud, querulous, and yet almost ridi- This particularity in describing sounds which culously merry strain. At other intervals, the sensa- are almost indescribable may seem frivolous to some of tions of solitude seem to stimulate sometimes a loud our readers, but those who have ever listened to the interrogatory note, echoed forth at intervals, as k'rry melting notes of the Baltimore Oriole will pardon kerry? and terminating plaintively k’rry k'rry tu, this accurate observer of nature the attempt. the voice falling off very slenderly in the last long The common food of the Oriole is insects, espesyllable, which is apparently an imitation from the cially a species of small beetle. They are said to Cardinal Grosbeak, and the rest is derived from the love the boney in the blossoms of trees. If domes. Crested Titmouse, whom they have heard already in ticated, they must still be fed on animal food, prin. concert as they passed throngh the warmer states. cipally minced meat, soaked in milk. When adult, Another interrogalory strain which I heard in the they will also eat fruit-cakes and meal. They are spring of 1830, was precisely 'yip 'k’rry, 'yip'yip not difficult to tame, and form a pleasant pet. Their k'rry, very loud and oft repeated. Another male eggs are four or five in number, white, with dark went in his ordinary key, isherry tsherry, tshi pee lines and spots. In the Southern States they some. * The first three of these notes are derived from the
times raise two broods; but further northward only summer Yellow Bird, though not its usual notes.
one. The Oriole extends over the continent as far The last phrase loud and ascending, the tea plaintive, south as Brazil, where hundreds of nests are found in and the last syllable tender and echoing,