there are no birds in last year’s nest

there are no birds in last year’s nest
Circumstances have altered.

1620 T. SHELTON tr. Cervantes’ Don Quixote II. lxxiv. I pray you go not on so fast, since that in the nests of the last yeere, there are no birds of this yeere. Whilom [formerly] I was a foole, but now I am wise.

1732 T. FULLER Gnomologia no. 4863 There are no Birds this Year, in last year’s Nest.

1845 LONGFELLOW Poems 62 All things are new..even the nest beneath the eaves;—There are no birds in last year’s nest.

1946 H. MCELROY Unkindly Cup I. ii. 23 ‘I am not as bad, or as unfeeling as I sound. It was my memory that was groaning—not the other part of my anatomy.’ ‘“There are no birds in last year’s nests”,’ Bland quoted sententiously.


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