"One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Redbreast in a cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage."
does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has
soars too high if he soars with his own wings."
idea of a bird is a symbol and a suggestion to the poet. A bird
seems to be at the top of the scale, so vehement and intense
his life. . . . The beautiful vagabonds, endowed with every grace,
masters of all climes, and knowing no bounds -- how many human
aspirations are realised in their free, holiday-lives -- and
how many suggestions to the poet in their flight and song!"
little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious
ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of