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When I bestride him I soar, I am a hawk.

Hawks, in strict usage in Australia and Africa, are any of the species of birds in the subfamily Accipitrinae, which comprises several genera of mainly woodland birds with long tails and high visual acuity, hunting by sudden dashes from a concealed perch. More generally (especially in North America), the term is used to mean falcons or small to medium-sized members of the Accipitridae– the family which includes the "true hawks" as well as eagles, kites, harriers and buzzards. Loosely, it may mean almost any bird of prey outside of the order Strigiformes (owls). The common names of birds in various parts of the world often use hawk in the second sense.


Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 355-56.
  • I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act II, scene 2, line 395. "Handsaw" is given by Malone, Collier, Dyce, Clark and Wright. Others give "hernshaw." The corruption was proverbial in Shakespeare's time.
  • No marvel, an it like your majesty,
    My lord protector's hawks do tower so well;
    They know their master loves to be aloft
    And bears his thoughts above his falcon's pitch.
  • The wild hawk stood with the down on his beak
    And stared with his foot on the prey.
  • Non rete accipitri tenditur, neque miluo,
    Qui male faciunt nobis: illis qui nihil faciunt tenditur.
    • The nets not stretched to catch the hawk,
      Or kite, who do us wrong; but laid for those
      Who do us none at all.
    • Terence, Phormio, Act II, scene 2, line 16. Colman's translation.
  • She rears her young on yonder tree;
    She leaves her faithful mate to mind 'em;
    Like us, for fish she sails to sea,
    And, plunging, shows us where to find 'em.
    Yo, ho, my hearts! let's seek the deep,
    Ply every oar, and cheerly wish her,
    While slow the bending net we sweep,
    God bless the fish-hawk and the fisher.

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