"Open thy mouth wide."

The robins had selected the narrow edge of the window-blind for their foundation, and it seemed precarious enough, but it was well protected by a projecting cornice, and when the observing householder noted their sweet neighborliness and trustful plans, he tied the blind securely, and watched with keenest interest the building of their home. Their industry was both cheerful and continuous, and ere many hours the gleanings of the nooks and hedges had been shaped into a soft-lined nest which, though so frail and unpretentious, brought these feathered folk more contentment than ever palace brought its king.

In an astonishingly brief time the little house was peopled, and then the busy season came on. Here, there, and everywhere food was gathered, and however frequent their homecomings, the devoted parents always found a noisy bunch of open mouths awaiting them, and the bugs and worms were dropped into hungry depths with ceaseless round. To the parental call, "Open thy mouth wide," the nestlings were ever obedient, and they grew so fast and so strong that in a little while the freedom of the sunlight and of the sky became their glad possession.

Letters to our Leader
June 10, 1905

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