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  • Is it not a rare provision of nature (or fiction of poets, who have their own natural history) that the strong-winged bird can soar to the sun and gaze at it, and then come down from heaven and pounce on a piece of carrion?

    The Newcomes

  • The Nymphalidae are a very extensive group, of generally strong-winged and very bright-coloured butterflies, very abundant in the tropics, and represented in our own country by our Fritillaries, our Vanessas, and our Purple-emperor.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • It is some confirmation of this view, that neither the very small nor the very obscurely coloured groups of butterflies have elongated wings, nor is any modification perceptible in those strong-winged groups which already possess great strength and rapidity of flight.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • They fled they knew not whither; and the citizens were filled with greater dread, at the convulsion which “shook lions into civil streets;” — birds, strong-winged eagles, suddenly blinded, fell in the market-places, while owls and bats shewed themselves welcoming the early night.

    The Last Man

  • A family of six on the crown of an umbrella-tree gave welcome proof of increase; and, though without appeal to the sensual ear, were not the hasty twitters of the sprites sounds of triumph over the storm which, having ravaged beaches, scarred hills, maimed every food-providing plant and driven strong-winged birds across the sea, had merely checked for a season the well-being of the weak?

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island

  • We may "pshaw" and "pooh" at Harry Gill and the Idiot Boy; but the deep and tremulous tenderness of sentiment, the strong-winged flight of fancy, the excelling and unvarying purity, which pervade all the writings of Wordsworth, and the exquisite melody of his lyrical poems, must ever continue to attract and purify the mind.

    International Weekly Miscellany - Volume 1, No. 9, August 26, 1850

  • Lo! there rose from the water two strong-winged birds in dresses of blue and white.

    Stories of Birds

  • I, of course, was the early, strong-winged swallow that announced the flights of laggards behind.

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • "With his singing bird and his gnawing beetle and his strong-winged butterfly he has become the cleverest youth in the land."

    Tales of Giants from Brazil

  • He took with him the lovely princess, and the singing bird, and the gnawing beetle, and the strong-winged butterfly.

    Tales of Giants from Brazil

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