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Poem by John Clare
Birds in Alarm
The firetail tells the boys when nests are nigh And tweets and flies from every passer-bye. The yellowhammer never makes a noise But flies in silence from the noisy boys; The boys will come and take them every day, And still she lays as none were ta'en away. The nightingale keeps tweeting-churring round But leaves in silence when the nest is found. The pewit hollos 'chewrit' as she flies And flops about the shepherd where he lies; But when her nest is found she stops her song And cocks [her] coppled crown and runs along. Wrens cock their tails and chitter loud and play, And robins hollo 'tut' and fly away.
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