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Issue Details: First known date: 1864... 1864 The Battle of the Eagle and the Kite
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An eagle attacks a child's kite and is itself chased by a flock of crows. Weakened and wounded after combat with both the kite and the pursuing crows, the eagle is finally killed by the writer of the poem.


  • Epigraph: The scene was at the foot / Of yonder "She-oak Hill' - / Eastward of Bournbank Cot, / Where we are living still. // The time was when the air / Is sweet with Wattle-bloom - / When all our Birds pepare / To see their Nestlings come.
  • Author's note: Founded on fact: see the Courier Newspaper of the 4th September, 1852.
  • The Editor (M. J.) provides descriptive notes about the structure and size of his children's kite, the size of the slain eagle, and the behaviour of crows, rooks and magpies.
  • The poem is divided into six sections (Fittes).
  • The 3rd Fytte is is dated 'Vespers - Thursday, January ye. 6th, 1853'.
  • Author's note: Constructed for ye. EVENTIDE SOLACE of Friday, ye. 6th of January, 1854.

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