The red-eyed vireo is known as the Preacher, because he is incessant in his song, and particularly vocal during the heat of our long summer days. His style of preaching is not declamation. Though constantly talking, he takes the part of a deliberative orator, who explains his subject in a few words and then makes a pause for his hearers to reflect upon it. We might suppose him to be repeating moderately, with a pause between each sentence, “You see it, you know it, do you hear me? do you believe it?” All these strains are delivered with a rising inflection at the close, and with a pause, as if waiting for an answer.

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