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Shakespeare's plays abound with birds. A Midsummer Night’s Dream names seven birds in one, short song. The Ousel-cock so black of hue, with orange tawny bill, The Throstle with his note so true, the Wren with little quill. … The Finch, the Sparrow and the Lark, the plain song Cuckoo gray, Whose note full many a man doth mark, and dares not answer nay.