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NOTES.

NOTES.

PART I.

Stanza 3. 1. 6.

From
merry
mock-bird's

song

The mocking bird is of the form, but larger, than

the thrush; and the colours are a mixture of black,

white, and grey. What is said of the nightingale,

by its greatest admirers, is, what may with more

propriety apply to this bird, who, in a natural state,

sings with very superior taste. Towards evening I have heard one begin softly, reserving its breath to

swell certain notes, which, by this means, had a

most astonishing effect. A gentleman in London

had one of these birds for six years. During the

space of a minute he was heard to imitate the wood

lark, chaffinch, blackbird, thrush, and sparrow. In

this country (America) I have frequently known the

mocking birds so engaged in this mimicry, that it

was with much difficulty I could ever obtain an op

portunity of hearing their own natural note.

go so far as to say, that they have neither peculiar

notes, nor favourite imitations. This may be denied.

Their few natural notes resemble those of the (Eu

ropean) nightingale. Their song, however, has a

greater compass and volume than the nightingale,

and they have the faculty of varying all intermediate

notes in a manner which is truly delightful.--Ashe's

Travels in America, Vol. II. p. 73.

Stanza 5. 1. 9.

Or distant isles that hear the loud Corbrechtan roar.

The Corybrechtan, or Corbrechtan, is a whirlpool

on the western coast of Scotland, near the island of

Jura, which is heard at a prodigious distance. Its

name signifies the whirlpool of the Prince of Den

mark; and there is a tradition that a Danish Prince

once undertook, for a wager, to cast anchor in it.

He is said to have used woollen instead of hempen

ropes, for greater strength, but perished in the at.

tempt. On the shores of Argyleshire I have often

listened with great delight to the sound of this

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