cried the little girl; and she nearly squeezed the Raven to death, so much did she kiss him.
If you understand the Raven language I can tell you better.
Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, "Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore -- Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore
But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
But the Raven, sitting lonely on that placid bust, spoke only That one word, as if its soul in that one word he did outpour Nothing farther then he uttered; not a feather then he fluttered-- Till I scarcely more than muttered: "Other friends have flown before-- On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before.
But the Raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling, Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door; Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore-- What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore Meant in croaking "Nevermore.
After this the miller saw the skin in which the raven was, lying on the ground, and asked: 'What have you there?
The peasant made the raven croak again, and said: 'In the second place, he says that there is some roast meat in the tiled stove.
The adversary explained with enthusiasm, and the other raven
dropped everything and came.
While I was yet inconsolable for his loss, another friend of mine in Yorkshire discovered an older and more gifted raven at a village public-house, which he prevailed upon the landlord to part with for a consideration, and sent up to me.
The late Mr Waterton having, some time ago, expressed his opinion that ravens are gradually becoming extinct in England, I offered the few following words about my experience of these birds.
I say, Uncle Gerasim, if we could take that raven
horse now, to cart the corn, that 'ud be quick work