The ornithology of Shakespeare; Critically examined, explained, and illustrated

9780217622431: The ornithology of Shakespeare; Critically examined, explained, and illustrated

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 Excerpt: Angelo, the severe Deputy Duke of Vienna, says:--u "This ungenitured agent will unpeople the province with continency; sparrows must not build in his house, because they are lecherous."--Measure for Measure, Act iii. Sc. 2. Iris tells us that Cupid--"Swears he will shoot no more, but play with sparrows, And be a boy right out." Tempest, Act iv. Sc. 1. In Troilusand Cressida, as well as in Hamlet, are passages in which it is evident the poet had in his mind the words of Matthew x. 29:--"Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father." "I will buy nine sparrows for a penny, and his pia mater is not worth the ninth part of a penny."--Troilus and Cressida, Act ii. Sc. 1. "There's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow." Hamlet, Act v. Sc. 2. Again, in the following lines, there is an evident allusion to Psalm cxlvii. 9 (" He feedeth the young ravens that call upon him "):--"And He that doth the ravens feed, Yea, providently caters for the sparrow, Be comfort to my age!" As You Like It, Act ii. Sc. 3. THE HEDGE-SPARROW. 147 In Macbeth (Act i. Sc. 2), and Midsummer Night's Dream (Act iii. Sc. 1), the sparrow is mentioned; and the following passage in Henry IV. will doubtless be remembered by all readers of Shakespeare's Plays:--"Fa/staff..... "That sprightly Scot of Scots, Douglas, that runs o' horseback up a hill perpendicular. P. Henry. He that rides at high speed, and with his pistol kills a sparrow flying. Falstaff. You have hit it. P. Henry. So did he never the sparrow."--Henry IV. Part I. Act ii. Sc. 4 The Fool in King Lear reminds us that it is in the hedge-sparrow's nest that the Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus...

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