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


  • The sparrows chirped as if they still were proud
  • Their race in Holy Writ should mentioned be.
  • Longfellow.

  • The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long,
  • That it had it head bit off by it young.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Blithe wanderer of the wintry air,
  • Now here, now there, now everywhere,
  • Quick drifting to and fro,
  • A cheerful life devoid of care,
  • A shadow on the snow.
  • George W. Bungay.

  • And in thy own sermon, thou
  • That the sparrow falls dost allow,
  • It shall not cause me any alarm;
  • For neither so comes the bird to harm,
  • Seeing our Father, thou hast said,
  • Is by the sparrow’s dying bed;
  • Therefore it is a blessed place,
  • And the sparrow in high grace.
  • George MacDonald.