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Stanza 3. 1. 6.
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