[lit-ideas] "A Nightingale Sang..."

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 28 May 2004 13:37:13 EDT

D. Ritchie: 
>when you turn'd and smiled at me,
>A flannel wrap, or someone who  cared,
>sang in Berk'ley Square
Exactly. Or a _Luscinia megarhynchos_, if you must (Incidentally -- to  speak 
roughly --, Mauschwitz is my favourite lyricist _ever_.). Cheers,
From the OED
A small reddish-brown migratory thrush, Luscinia megarhynchos, of  western 
Europe and northern Africa, noted for the melodious song of the male  which can 
be heard at night as well as in the daytime. 
Formerly not differentiated by ornithologists from the  thrush nightingale, 
Luscinia  luscinia. 
1275 Owl &  Nightingale (Calig.) 4 
An hule and one Antingale [a1300 Jesus  Oxf. nyhtegale]. ...
1993 BBC  Wildlife June 34/2 
Ever since early  April nightingales have been migrating back to Europe from 
their wintering  quarters in tropical  Africa.

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