DESCRIPTION: The snail leaves a slimy track, eating our leaves and stealing away under cover of night. The blackbird finds and eats him. The snail is like "a meddling old gossip with falsehood's trail; And pick ... Till no beauty appears" until "Truth finds her out"
EARLIEST DATE: 1866 (Stevens and Hole)
KEYWORDS: lie nonballad animal bird
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Williams-Thames, p. 213, "The Snail" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Gl 69)
Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 313, "Snail" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: E.T. Stevens and Charles Hole, The Complete Reader. Book II The Intermediate Reader (London, 1866 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 109-110, "The Snail" (1 text)
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