exclaimed the young Mohican, rising on the extremities of his feet, and gazing intently in his front, frightening the ravens
to some other prey by the sound and the action.
They praised the Ravens
very much, and told them they were not at all angry with them, but they were not to do so again.
Rising in steep roofs and spires of seagreen slate in the manner of the old French-Scotch chateaux, it reminded an Englishman of the sinister steeple-hats of witches in fairy tales; and the pine woods that rocked round the green turrets looked, by comparison, as black as numberless flocks of ravens
The late Mr Waterton having, some time ago, expressed his opinion that ravens
are gradually becoming extinct in England, I offered the few following words about my experience of these birds.
When I had stood ten minutes, thinking and imagining, and getting my spirit in tune with the place, and in the right mood to enjoy the supernatural, a raven
suddenly uttered a horse croak over my head.
Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter, In there stepped a stately raven
of the saintly days of yore; Not the least obeisance made he; not an instant stopped or stayed he; But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door -- Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door -- Perched, and sat, and nothing more.
Born in poverty at Boston, January 19 1809, dying under painful circumstances at Baltimore, October 7, 1849, his whole literary career of scarcely fifteen years a pitiful struggle for mere subsistence, his memory malignantly misrepresented by his earliest biographer, Griswold, how completely has truth at last routed falsehood and how magnificently has Poe come into his own, For "The Raven
," first published in 1845, and, within a few months, read, recited and parodied wherever the English language was spoken, the half-starved poet received $10
Then the ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, "Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient Raven
wandering from the Nightly shore-- Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore
On the way he passed by a mill, and there sat a raven
with broken wings, and out of pity he took him and wrapped him in the skin.
Her back was toward me for a while, and the sight of the great mass of raven
hair piled high upon her head filled me with alarm.
A CROW was jealous of the Raven
, because he was considered a bird of good omen and always attracted the attention of men, who noted by his flight the good or evil course of future events.
And as the calf's blood was spilled upon the snow, a raven
came to drink of it.
He said it would turn my hair a beautiful raven
black--he positively assured me that it would.
He smiled ironically, looking at the raven
horse, and was already deciding in his own mind that this smart trotter in the char-a-banc was only good for promenage, and wouldn't do thirty miles straight off in the heat.
Susan met the incoming tide by the Raven
islet and stopped, panting, with her feet in the water.