When it began to chirp
faintly, he listened as if it were a beautiful sound.
Not only did the birds cease song or chirp
, but the lowing of the cattle ceased in the fields and the varied sounds of life died away.
It may have entertained the Cricket too, for anything I know; but, certainly, it now began to chirp
It was the mysterious, evil forest, a charnel house of silence, wherein naught moved save strange tiny birds--the strangeness of them making the mystery more profound, for they flitted on noiseless wings, emitting neither song nor chirp
, and they were mottled with morbid colours, having all the seeming of orchids, flying blossoms of sickness and decay.
Crickets began to chirp
, and more geese and ducks flew overhead.
The poem swung in majestic rhythm to the cool tumult of interstellar conflict, to the onset of starry hosts, to the impact of cold suns and the flaming up of nebular in the darkened void; and through it all, unceasing and faint, like a silver shuttle, ran the frail, piping voice of man, a querulous chirp
amid the screaming of planets and the crash of systems.
A weird sound, rhythmical, faint as the faintest chirp
of a far cricket, enduring but for a moment, but in the moment suggesting to him vaguely the thought of heaven and celestial music, came to his ear.
At last we heard a cricket chirp
shrilly under the window, and flying up, saw a little figure below in the twilight.
It was only the soft twitter of a bird, but it seemed to be a peculiarly gifted bird, for while she listened the soft twitter changed to a lively whistle, then a trill, a coo, a chirp
, and ended in a musical mixture of all the notes, as if the bird burst out laughing.
I am on the alert for the first signs of spring, to hear the chance note of some arriving bird, or the striped squirrel's chirp
, for his stores must be now nearly exhausted, or see the woodchuck venture out of his winter quarters.
There was hardly a breath of wind, the very chirp
of the birds was faint and subdued.
Anon they turn into narrower and steeper staircases, and the night-air begins to blow upon them, and the chirp
of some startled jackdaw or frightened rook precedes the heavy beating of wings in a confined space, and the beating down of dust and straws upon their heads.