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BATS
[ Also see Animals Mammals ]

The sun was set; the night came on apace,
  And falling dews bewet around the place;
    The bat takes airy rounds on leathern wings,
      And the hoarse owl his woeful dirges sings.
      - John Gay,
        Shepherd's Week--Wednesday; or, The Dumps

Far different there from all that charm'd before,
  The various terrors of that horrid shore;
    . . . .
      Those matted woods where birds forget to sing.
        But silent bats in drowsy clusters cling.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 345)

Ere the bat hath flown
  His cloistered flight, ere to black Hecate's summons
    The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums
      Hath rung night's yawning peal, there shall be done
        A deed of dreadful note.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at III, ii)

On the bat's back I do fly
  After summer merrily.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Ariel at V, i)


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