Here is an encyclopedia clipping on the nightingale bird. The bird is described as: being a small bird of the thrush family, plain in appearance and shy in habits, but having a song of the sweetest quality, often heard at night… The nightingale is a bird of Western and Central Europe. It is about six inches long, has upper parts of a russet-brown color, changing to reddish on the rump and tail, and the under parts whitish. It is most at home in secluded woodlands and hedges, especially along streams… The sweet notes of this songster have a plaintive quality that, combined with its fondness for the night, gives it the name “melancholy”.
Two short poems about the nightingale are included in the article. The first is:
The sunrise wakes the lark to sing;
The moonrise wakes the nightingale.
Come, darkness, moonrise, everything
That is so silent, sweet and pale:
Come, so you wake the nightingale.
— Rossett: Bird Rapture
The second short poem, which Milton addresses the nightingale in Il Penseroso:
Sweet bird that shunn’st the noise of folly,
Most musical, most melancholy!
Thee, chauntress, oft, the woods among,
I woo, to hear thy even-song.
Here is a larger, black and white clip art version of the nightingale bird illustration from the article.
I scanned the original clipping from an encyclopedia in my collection that was published in the United States in 1922.
New in my Etsy shop this week is a set of printable shabby and aged arithmetic book page price tag number cards. The digital collage sheet pages and individual images are all included.
I have also added a few new digital stamp/transfer images to my shop this week. They are as follows:
Iris (Fleur de Lis)
Bluebird on a leafy branch.
Rabbit and bunnies family.
Preview images are linked to my Etsy shop.