I am friendly with the sparrow
Though his mind is rather narrow
And his manners — well, the less we say the better.
But as day begins to peep,
When I hear his cheery “Cheep”
I am ready to admit I am his debtor.
I delight in red-browed finches
And all birds of scanty inches.
Willie wagtail is a pleasant bird, and coy.
All the babblers, chats and wrens,
Tits and robins, and their hens,
Are my very special friends, and bring me joy.
C. J. Dennis. A Book for Kids, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, , page 63