The Blackbird was roused to fury, and took the field with all his braves, swearing to "eat up the Ponca nation"- the Indian threat of exterminating war.
This beautiful damsel, in all probability, was the favorite wife whose fate makes so tragic an incident in the story of the Blackbird.
At length one of his warriors brought in a small child, and laying it on the ground, placed the foot of the Blackbird upon its neck.
When the general horror and dismay was at its height, the Blackbird himself was struck down with the malady.
I ran in cargoes of kinky-heads from Malaita, which is in the Solomons, till I had twelve hundred of the blackbirds
putting in cane.
With this casting down of his gauntlet, Tim Linkinwater struck the desk such a blow with his clenched fist, that the old blackbird tumbled off his perch with the start it gave him, and actually uttered a feeble croak, in the extremity of his astonishment.
Tim Linkinwater, give me your snuff-box as a remembrance to brother Charles and myself of an attached and faithful rascal, and take that, in exchange, as a feeble mark of our respect and esteem, and don't open it until you go to bed, and never say another word upon the subject, or I'll kill the blackbird.
But it was great fun, rushing along the hedgerows, and discharging stone after stone at blackbirds
and chaffinches, though no result in the shape of slaughtered birds was obtained; and Arthur soon entered into it, and rushed to head back the birds, and shouted, and threw, and tumbled into ditches, and over and through hedges, as wild as the Madman himself.
That puppet yonder," thought Mother Rigby, still with her eyes fixed on the scarecrow, "is too good a piece of work to stand all summer in a corn-patch, frightening away the crows and blackbirds
The cows jumped wildly over the five-barred barton-gate, maddened by the gad-fly; Dairyman Crick kept his shirt-sleeves permanently rolled up from Monday to Saturday; open windows had no effect in ventilation without open doors, and in the dairy-garden the blackbirds
and thrushes crept about under the currant-bushes, rather in the manner of quadrupeds than of winged creatures.
I have observed a flock of blackbirds
occupying an entire tree-top--the tops of several trees-- and all in full song.
It was joyful to hear the merry whistle of blackbirds
as they darted from one clump of greenery to the other.
He was discredited, but the blackbirds
that he was chasing glowed with Arabian darkness, for all the conventional colouring of life had been altered.
The sun began to shine upon the summit of the hills as I went down the road; and by the time I had come as far as the manse, the blackbirds
were whistling in the garden lilacs, and the mist that hung around the valley in the time of the dawn was beginning to arise and die away.
I mention it at once, or you might suppose that I sit in my counting-house (as Pet says I do), like the king in the poem of the four-and-twenty blackbirds
, counting out my money.