The Curlew in "Quotes"

The evocative, almost otherworldly cry of the curlew has touched many.....

Now curlew cry me down to kiss the mouths of their dust

"In the white giant's thigh" by Dylan Thomas


The tide rises, the tide falls,
The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;
Along the sea-sands damp and brown
The traveler hastens toward the town,

"The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.


I never hear the loud, solitary whistle of the curlew in a summer noon, or the wild mixing cadence of a troop of grey plovers, in an autumnal morning, without feeling an elevation of soul like the enthusiasm of devotion or poetry

Robbie Burns (writings)


...Among the stones and thorn-trees, under the morning light;
Until a curlew cried and in the luminous wind
A curlew answered; and suddenly thereupon I thought
That on the lonely height where all are in Godís eye,....

"Paudeen" by W B Yeats.


O, CURLEW, cry no more in the air,
Or only to the waters in the West;
Because your crying brings to my mind
Passion-dimmed eyes and long heavy hair
That was shaken out over my breast:
There is enough evil in the crying of wind.

"Hanrahan reproves the Curlew" by W B Yeats.