The Mock-Bird

1.37. THE MOCK-BIRD. Ridicule appears with a very ill grace in persons who possess no one talent beside.
There is a certain bird in the West Indies, which has the faculty of mimicking the notes of every other songster, without being able himself to add any original strains to the concert. As one of these Mock-birds was displaying his talent of ridicule among the branches of a venerable wood: 'Tis very well, said a little warbler, speaking in the name of all the rest; we grant you that our music is not without its faults: but why will you not favour us with a strain of your own? [more info]

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