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PARTRIDGES
[ Also see Animals Birds ]

Ah, nut-brown partridges! Ah, brilliant pheasants!
  And ah, ye poachers!--'Tis no sport for peasants.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto XIII, st. 75)

Or have you mark'd a partridge quake,
  Viewing the towering falcon nigh?
    She cuddles low behind the brake:
      Nor would she stay; nor dares she fly.
      - Matthew Prior, The Dove (st. 14)

Who finds the partridge in the puttock's nest
  But may imagine how the bird was dead,
    Although the kite soar with unbloodied beak?
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Warwick at III, ii)

Like as a feareful partridge, that is fledd
  From the sharpe hauke which her attacked neare,
    And falls to ground to seeke for succor theare,
      Whereas the hungry spaniells she does spye,
        With greedy jawes her ready for to teare.
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (bk. III, canto VIII, st. 33)


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