River-Land by Robert W. Chambers (Illustrated)


Children’s book by Robert W. Chambers.


Children’s book by Robert W. Chambers.
Robert William Chambers (May 26, 1865 – December 16, 1933) was an American artist and fiction writer, best known for his book of short stories entitled The King in Yellow, published in 1895.

A robin, gray wings spread, came sailing past the window and alighted on the wet lawn. Another arrived, dropping into the grass with a flirt of his tail and a cheery outburst of chirping. Then, singly and in pairs, the wild birds came winging to the lawn ; robins, heads high, taking short little runs through the soaking clover ; bronze grackles stalking to and fro, pale-yellow eyes staring about for insects ; bluebirds softly fluttering and singing as they drifted from fence to fence like big, azure-tinted moths; golden-winged woodpeckers, chipping sparrows, even a shy, slate – colored cat-bird mewing in the pear-tree on the terrace, and making short dashes in pursuit of little winged things that fluttered in the dripping hedge.
A moment later the sun broke out through the rain, dissolving it to a golden fog, through which the pines on the hill shimmered like the pearl-tinted spires of fairyland.


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