We determined, however, to explore it, but had not gone far when we found a roc's egg, as large as the one I had seen before and evidently very nearly hatched, for the beak of the young bird
had already pierced the shell.
But the doctor was called away to see an old friend, who was dangerously ill, and then Rose felt like a young bird
deprived of its mother's sheltering wing; especially on one afternoon when the aunts were taking their naps, and the house was very still within while snow fell softly without.
He was as blithe and joyous as a young bird
, and was staying the keenness of his morning's appetite by chewing the soft bark of a delicate branch he held in his hand, and he recommended the like to me as an admirable antidote against the gnawings of hunger.
A SWALLOW, returning from abroad and especially fond of dwelling with men, built herself a nest in the wall of a Court of Justice and there hatched seven young birds
. A Serpent gliding past the nest from its hole in the wall ate up the young unfledged nestlings.
'Now comes your turn,' said he to the young tailor; 'sew the eggs and the young birds
in them together again, so neatly that the shot shall have done them no harm.' Then the tailor took his needle, and sewed the eggs as he was told; and when he had done, the thief was sent to take them back to the nest, and put them under the bird without its knowing it.
In vain did the enemy himself invest in a pea- shooter, and endeavour to answer the fire while he fed the young birds
with his other hand; his attention was divided, and his shots flew wild, while every one of theirs told on his face and hands, and drove him into howlings and imprecations.
Then how amazed were they, and how they welcomed her, as she lay warm beneath the mother's wing, and how the young birds
did love her.
Some young birds
come along, flying a yard or two at a time and lighting.
All the air was cool and fresh; the harvests were gathered home, the young birds
were full fledged, the hops were plucked, and apples were ripe.
(2) While the Greeks were sacrificing at Aulis, a serpent appeared and devoured eight young birds
from their nest and lastly the mother of the brood.
It was on such occasions as these, that Nicholas, yielding almost unconsciously to the interest of old associations, would point out some tree that he had climbed, a hundred times, to peep at the young birds
in their nest; and the branch from which he used to shout to little Kate, who stood below terrified at the height he had gained, and yet urging him higher still by the intensity of her admiration.
From the ground-floor of this house came a noise, or rather a confusion of voices, like the chirping of young birds
when the brood is just hatched under the down.