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illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...the bank of the Saale, by
the thickets and the windings, the pleasantest way, as I had
already seen from Schiller's mansarde. We were soon in Burgau. We
alighted at the little inn near the river, and the bridge, where
there is a crossing to Lobeda, a little town which was close before
our eyes across the meadows. At the little inn we found all as
Goethe had said. The hostess apologized for having nothing
prepared; but said we should have some soup and some good fish. In
the mean time we walked in the sunshine, up and down the bridge,
amusing ourselves by looking at the river, which was animated by
raftmen, who, upon planks of pine-wood bound together, glided under
the bridge from time to time, and were very noisy and merry over
their troublesome, wet occupation. We ate our fish in the open air,
and then remained sitting over a little wine, and had all sorts of
pleasant conversation. A small hawk flew past, which in its flight
and its form bore a strong resemblance to the cuckoo. "There was a
time," said Goethe, "when the study of natural history was so much
behindhand that the opinion was universally spread that the cuckoo
was a cuckoo only in summer, but in winter a bird of prey." "This
opinion still exists amongst the people," returned I. "And it is
also laid to the charge of this good bird, that as soon as it is
full grown, it devours its own parents. It is, therefore, used as a
simile of shameful ingratitude. I know people at the present moment
who will not allow themselves to be talked out of these
absurdities, and who cling to them as firmly as to any article of
their Christian belief." "As far as I know," said Goethe, "the
cuckoo is classed with the woodpecker." "That...
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