There was the honest cockrobin, the favorite game of stripling
sportsmen, with its loud querulous note; and the twittering blackbirds flying in sable clouds, and the golden- winged woodpecker with his crimson crest, his broad black gorget, and splendid plumage; and the cedar-bird, with its red tipt wings and yellow-tipt tail and its little monteiro cap of feathers; and the blue jay, that noisy coxcomb, in his gay light blue coat and white underclothes, screaming and chattering, nodding and bobbing and bowing, and pretending to be on good terms with every songster of the grove.
But first he casts to change his proper shape, Which else might work him danger or delay: And now a stripling
Cherube he appeers, Not of the prime, yet such as in his face Youth smil'd Celestial, and to every Limb Sutable grace diffus'd, so well he feignd; Under a Coronet his flowing haire In curles on either cheek plaid, wings he wore Of many a colourd plume sprinkl'd with Gold, His habit fit for speed succinct, and held Before his decent steps a Silver wand.
He was a comely, well-knit stripling
, and as soon as he was strong enough to walk his chief delight was to go with his father into the forest.
Pearce's Pups face Adrion's Adolescents (Germany), Pot's Piglets (Holland), Luzon's Lads (Israel), Mangia's Minors (Italy), Skullerud's Striplings
(Norway), Pisarev's Pubescents (Russia) and, er, Lopetegui's Little Darlings (Spain).
The majority of their signings are fast-rising striplings
, but they have also been occasionally reviving the careers of older players as well as sometimes looking overseas in search of collaborative relationships.
OLD men drool over Joan Collins because they forget her penchant for comparative striplings
(her fifth husband Percy is 45 years old to her 77) but feel she'd excuse their overactive waterworks, hairy ears and dewdrops.
Not since 1982, when the Hastings boys were mere six-stone striplings
, have the clans united to skin the Wallabies.
The brilliant winger, who has made an impact in the German Bundesliga with Mainz and for his senior national side, reckoned Stark's striplings
were lucky to leave Albasan with an opening victory in their 2011 European Championship qualifying campaign.
So the rank-and-file army no longer needs to be the sole preserve of young striplings
who have only just learned to shave.
are the most dangerous of all nations.
This is the UK's leading big band for striplings
, led since its inception by Bill Ashton.