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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...we find united several of the birds hitherto named, and the swallow besides; the pheasant takes the place of the partridge, and the whoop or hoopoe that of the cuckoo. Itlis eaten by his father Tereus, without the latter's knowledge, becomes a pheasant; Tereus, who follows Progne, becomes a whoop; Progne, who flees from him, is transformed into a swallow; Philomela, the sister of Progne, whose tongue had been cut out by Zeus to prevent her from speaking, took the form of a nightingale, whence Martial---"Flet Philomela nefas incesti Tereos, et quae Muta puella fuit, garrula fertur avis." 1 i. §§. 2 ii. 79. "With regard to the hoopoe, several beliefs are current analogous to those known concerning the cuckoo and the swallow. In several parts of Italy it is called (on account of its crest and appearance in these months) the little cock of March or the little cock of May. It announces the spring. By the ancients, its song before the vines ripened was looked upon as a prediction of a plentiful vintage and good wine. It has the virtue of divining secrets; when it cackles, it announces that foxes are hidden in the grass; when it groans, it is a prognostication of rain; by means of a certain herb, it opens secret places.1 According to Cardanus, if a man anoints his temples with the blood of a whoop he sees marvellous things in his dreams. Albertus Magnus tells us that when an old whoop becomes blind, its young ones anoint its eyes with the herb that opens shut places, and they recover their sight. This is in perfect conformity with a Hindoo story (a variation of the legend of Lear) narrated by iElianos, according to which a king of India had several sons; the youngest was maltreated by his brothers, who ended by...
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