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HOSKYNS-ABRAHALL
English writer, churchman and educator
(1828? - after 1891)

Bearing His cross, while Christ passed forth forlorn,
  His God-like forehead by the mock crown torn,
    A little bird took from that crown one thorn.
      To soothe the dear Redeemer's throbbing head,
        That bird did what she could; His blood, 'tis said,
          Down dropping, dyed her tender bosom red.
            Since then no wanton boy disturbs her nest;
              Weasel nor wild cat will her young molest;
                All sacred deem the bird of ruddy breast.
      - The Redbreast--A Breton Legend,
        in "English Lyrics" [Robins]


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