... equidem credo, quia sit divinitus illis
2] may-fly: "The angler's may-fly, the ephemera vulgata Linn. comes forth from it's aurelia state, and emerges out of the water about six in the evening, and dies about eleven at night, determining the date of it's fly state in about five or six hours. They usually begin to appear about the 4th of June, and continue in succession for near a fortnight. See Swammerdam, Derham, Scopoli, & c." (note in 1813 edn.).
6] vagrant cuckoo: "so called because, being tied down by no incubation or attendance about the nutrition of it's young, it wanders without control" (note in 1813 edn.).
7] curlew: "Charadrius Oedicnemus" (note in 1813 edn.)
13] Amusive: interesting, intriguing.
23] dorr: bumble-bee.
24] cricket: "Gryllus campestris" (note in 1813 edn.).
27] churn-owl: "The Goatsucker or Night-Jar; called also Jarr Owl" (OED).
30] woodlark: "In hot summer nights woodlarks soar to a prodigious height, and hang singing in the air" (note in 1813 edn.).
40] glow-worm: "The light of the female glow-worm (as she often crawls up the stalk of a grass to make herself more conspicuous) is a signal to the male, which is a slender dusky scarabæus" (note in 1813 edn.)
44] Leander ... Hero: Leander, a lover of Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite, swam each night the Hellespont from Abydos to Sestos, guided by a light she held up. When attempting the crossing in a storm, he drowned, Hero threw herself into the sea.
Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.
Original text: Gilbert White, The Natural
History and Antiquities of Selborne, in the County of Southampton.
To Which are Added, The Naturalist's Calendar; Observations on Various
Parts of Nature; and Poems, New Edn. (London: White, Cochrane, and
others, 1813): 570-71. Facsimile edn., intro. P. G. M. Foster, The Ray Society,
no. 160 (London: The Ray Society, 1993). QH 138 S4W5 1993b Gerstein Library
First publication date: 1795
Publication date note: A Naturalist's Calendar (London: B. and J. White, 1795): 148-49 (Martin, p. 99).
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2001
Recent editing: 1:2002/4/30
Form note: unrhyming iambic pentameter
Other poems by Gilbert White