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  • When the noise was loudest, walrus hides booming and priests a-singing, I says, 'Are you ready?'

    SIWASH

  • "We're singing and a-singing!" trilled Plante, starting off his daily talk show on WMAL-AM on Wednesday to the strains of the gospel-pop tune "Oh Happy Day."

    Conservatively speaking, WMAL radio host Chris Plante is on the rise

  • Then heard Sigurd the wood-peckers a-singing, even as the song says.

    The Story of the Volsungs

  • No word was spoken between them, and with noiseless feet they went forth into the orchard, where the blackbirds and thrushes were beginning their first morning song, and ere they came out on to the meadow the full choir of them was a-singing.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • After that, she getting no better, father fell a-laughing and a-singing; and then there was only I to give them both water, and they both died.

    George Silvermans's Explanation

  • Would a girl, modest as simple, above seventeen, be set a-singing at the pleasure of such a man as that?

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • *Five compilation discs a-singing, four chocolate bars a-melting, three tall jars, two wine bottles, and a scarf for grandmamaaaa - Yeah, those aren't the proper words, are they?

    between the rock and the cold, cold sea -- Day

  • But let him feign never so carefully, there is not a man but has his pulses shaken when Pan trolls out a stave of ecstasy and sets the world a-singing.

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers

  • I can hear my Bob a-singing: what a voice he hath!

    Mary Anerley

  • When we have heard him a-singing like a foolish jongleur this past hour and more?

    The Chrome Borne

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