The front yard was enclosed by a thorny locust
hedge, and at the gate grew two silvery, mothlike trees of the mimosa family.
They moved over the face of the land like so many locusts
I have often seen the locusts
strip the leaves from the trees, but the season of blossoms has always come again.
As when the potent Rod Of AMRAMS Son in EGYPTS evill day Wav'd round the Coast, up call'd a pitchy cloud Of LOCUSTS
, warping on the Eastern Wind, That ore the Realm of impious PHAROAH hung Like Night, and darken'd all the Land of NILE: So numberless were those bad Angels seen Hovering on wing under the Cope of Hell 'Twixt upper, nether, and surrounding Fires; Till, as a signal giv'n, th' uplifted Spear Of their great Sultan waving to direct Thir course, in even ballance down they light On the firm brimstone, and fill all the Plain; A multitude, like which the populous North Pour'd never from her frozen loyns, to pass RHENE or the DANAW, when her barbarous Sons Came like a Deluge on the South, and spread Beneath GIBRALTAR to the LYBIAN sands.
The elm, however, made a pleasant, cheerful, sunny sigh, responsive to the breeze that was elsewhere imperceptible; a swarm of insects buzzed merrily under its drooping shadow, and became specks of light whenever they darted into the sunshine; a locust sang, once or twice, in some inscrutable seclusion of the tree; and a solitary little bird, with plumage of pale gold, came and hovered about Alice's Posies.
Meanwhile, the locust kept singing in the great old Pyncheon Elm.
There was no response, save the singing of the locust.
two or three stories,) wide, neat, and free from any quaintness of architectural ornamentation; locust
trees bordering the sidewalks (they call them acacias;) a stirring, business-look about the streets and the stores; fast walkers; a familiar new look about the houses and every thing; yea, and a driving and smothering cloud of dust that was so like a message from our own dear native land that we could hardly refrain from shedding a few grateful tears and execrations in the old time-honored American way.
All along the streets, on both sides, at the outer edge of the brick sidewalks, stood locust
trees with trunks protected by wooden boxing, and these furnished shade for summer and a sweet fragrancer in spring, when the clusters of buds came forth.
If we have had the seven-years' itch, we have not seen the seventeen-year locust yet in Concord.
Who knows what sort of seventeen-year locust will next come out of the ground?
It was idle, however, to imagine that an airy guest from Monument Mountain, Bald Summit, and old Graylock, shaggy with primeval forests, could see anything to admire in my poor little hillside, with its growth of frail and insect-eaten locust
I am reconciled to the loss of the years that the locust
has eaten," said her companion, with a world of meaning in those wonderful eyes of his.
Ben said he could see locust
and wild honey sticking to it.
are discovered, pesticides are deployed to destroy the swarm (often by airplane).