Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The finch, the sparrow, and the lark,
The plainsong cuckoo grey,
Whose note full many a man doth mark
And dares not answer nay.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bottom, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 3, sc. 1, l. 130-3.
The cuckoo invades the nests of other birds, and is associated with cuckoldry; Bottom sings because he is afraid.