C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


  • Modest and shy as a nun is she;
  • One weak chirp is her only note;
  • Braggarts and prince of braggarts is he,
  • Pouring boasts from his little throat.
  • Bryant.

  • Robert of Lincoln’s Quaker wife,
  • Pretty and quiet, with plain brown wings,
  • Passing at home a patient life,
  • Broods in the grass white her husband sings.
  • Bryant.

  • When Nature had made all her birds,
  • With no more cares to think on,
  • She gave a rippling laugh and out
  • There flew a bobolink.
  • C. P. Cranch.

  • Bobolink! that in the meadow,
  • Or beneath the orchard’s shadow,
  • Keepest up a constant rattle
  • Joyous as my children’s prattle,
  • Welcome to the north again.
  • Thos. Hill.

  • Out of the fragrant heart of bloom,
  • The bobolinks are singing;
  • Out of the fragrant heart of bloom
  • The apple-tree whispers to the room,
  • “Why art thou but a nest of gloom
  • While the bobolinks are singing?”
  • W. D. Howells.