Every day Luigi led his flock to graze on the road that leads from Palestrina to Borgo; every day, at nine o'clock in the morning, the priest and the boy sat down on a bank by the wayside, and the little shepherd took his lesson out of the priest's breviary.
One day the young shepherd told the count's steward that he had seen a wolf come out of the Sabine mountains, and prowl around his flock.
Among the sportsmen was the tall, gaunt form of Leather-Stocking, walking over the field, with his rifle hanging on his arm, his dogs at his heels; the latter now scenting the dead or wounded birds that were beginning to tumble from the flocks
, and then crouching under the legs of their master, as if they participated in his feelings at this wasteful and unsportsmanlike execution.
And David answered, "I see the windmills swinging and three tall poplar trees swaying against the sky, and a flock
of fieldfares are flying over the hill; but nought else do I see, good master.
At intervals there are gates through which the flocks
are turned on to the grazing land south of the city during the daytime.
During the day they rest in flocks
on the grassy plains at some distance from the water.
The town is immediately in an uproar; she is hunted from park to play, from court to assembly, from assembly to her own chamber, and rarely escapes a single season from the jaws of some devourer or other; for, if her friends protect her from some, it is only to deliver her over to one of their own chusing, often more disagreeable to her than any of the rest; while whole herds or flocks
of other women securely, and scarce regarded, traverse the park, the play, the opera, and the assembly; and though, for the most part at least, they are at last devoured, yet for a long time do they wanton in liberty, without disturbance or controul.
while the youth made answer, "I won't do it again, master mine; by God's passion I won't do it again, and I'll take more care of the flock
, then, from Lambert to Monk, as sinners flock
from Baal to God.
And Curdken said, 'When we go in the morning through the dark gate with our flock
of geese, she cries and talks with the head of a horse that hangs upon the wall, and says:
He had a pole ten feet long, with a crook in the end of it, and occasionally a goose would branch out from the flock
and make a lively break around the corner, with wings half lifted and neck stretched to its utmost.
Don't you see that flock
of big birds making for us?
Let the reader picture to himself, crowning a limestone hillock, an oblong mass of masonry fifteen feet in height, thirty wide, forty long, with a gate, an external railing and a platform; on this platform sixteen enormous pillars of rough hewn stone, thirty feet in height, arranged in a colonnade round three of the four sides of the mass which support them, bound together at their summits by heavy beams, whence hung chains at intervals; on all these chains, skeletons; in the vicinity, on the plain, a stone cross and two gibbets of secondary importance, which seemed to have sprung up as shoots around the central gallows; above all this, in the sky, a perpetual flock
of crows; that was Montfauçon.
After performance of this pious rite Haita unbarred the gate of the fold and with a cheerful mind drove his flock
afield, eating his morning meal of curds and oat cake as he went, occasionally pausing to add a few berries, cold with dew, or to drink of the waters that came away from the hills to join the stream in the middle of the valley and be borne along with it, he knew not whither.
The body is a big sagacity, a plurality with one sense, a war and a peace, a flock
and a shepherd.