For the magpie, with exquisite skill,
Has invented a moss-covered cell,
Within which a whole family will
In the utmost security dwell.
“The Magpie’s Nest: A Fable,” in The Child’s Bijou, by J.H.B. (1861). Click here to read the book online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.
artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2016