House icon

John Clare: Quotes

Sweet little bird in russet coat
The livery of the closing year
I love thy lonely plaintive note
& tiney whispering song to hear
While on the stile or garden seat
I sit to watch the falling leaves
The songs thy little joys repeat
My lonliness relieves
& many are the lonely minds
That hear & welcome thee anew

The Autumn Robin (1835)

The nest is hid close at its mossy root
Composed of moss and grass and lined with hair
And five brun-coloured eggs snug sheltered there
And bye and bye a happy brood will be
The tennants of this woodland privacy.

The Robin’s Nest (1835)

Among the stubbles when the fields grow grey
And mellow harvest gathers to a close
The painful gleaner twenty times a day
Start up the partridge broods that glad repose
Upon the grassy slip or sunny land
Yet ever it would seem in dangers way
Where snufting dogs their rustling haunts betray
And tracking gunners ever seem at hand
Oft frighted up they startle to the shade
Of neighbouring wood and through the yellow leaves
Drop wearied where the brakes and ferns hath made
A solitary covert – that deceives
For there the fox prowls its unnoticed round
And danger dares them on every ground.

Partridge Coveys