|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|How sweet the sound of the cuckoos note!|
Whence is the magic pleasure of the sound?
Grahame.Birds of Scotland, Part II. Line 1.
|The cuckoo then on every tree,|
Mocks married men, for thus sings he,
Cuckoo! Cuckoo! O word of fear,
Unpleasing sound to the married ear.
Shakespeare.Loves Labours Lost, Act V. Scene 2. (A song at the end of the Act.)
|The finch, the sparrow, and the lark,|
The plain-song cuckoo gray,
Whose note full many a man doth mark,
And dares not answer nay.
Shakespeare.Midsummer Nights Dream, Act III. Scene 1. (Bottom, singing.)
|With the hymns of the church, and the plain song.|
Longfellow.Evangeline, Part I. Div. 1.
|Why do you weep, you cuckoo?|
Rileys Plautus, Vol. I. The Pseudolus, Act I. Scene 1.