I get thinking sometimes if the Pied
Piper is really dead, or if he may not still be roaming up and down our streets and lanes, but playing now so softly that only the children hear him.
It was at the dawn of day in the merry Maytime, when hedgerows are green and flowers bedeck the meadows; daisies pied
and yellow cuckoo buds and fair primroses all along the briery hedges; when apple buds blossom and sweet birds sing, the lark at dawn of day, the throstle cock and cuckoo; when lads and lasses look upon each other with sweet thoughts; when busy housewives spread their linen to bleach upon the bright green grass.
The bird-trap was quite empty, as he had caught nothing, and he had to kill a pied
Partridge, which he had tamed for a decoy.
Now, young man, what manner of a bird would you suppose a pied
merlin to be--that being the proper sign of my hostel?
he said to her and me, one idle afternoon of opal skies, pied
meadows and misty hills.
Heron has described how one pied
peacock was eminently attractive to all his hen birds.