Bewick says linnets are so named from their fondness for linseed, and I think most of the finches like it.
"Wild Nature Won By Kindness" by Elizabeth Brightwen
It is certain that the notes of the solitary birds, compared with those of the Robin and Linnet, excite a different class of sensations.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
First, Tom Linnet had acquired sudden riches.
"Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls" by Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
Hidden among the leaves, aloft in the beeches, the linnet sang with full-throated melody, and the blackbird and the thrush.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
Saw, with surprise, the linnet's flight.
"The Minstrel; or the Progress of Genius" by James Beattie
No one would have known that it was anything but a common linnet, and yesterday the queen would have thought so too.
"The Olive Fairy Book" by Various
There is a whiteness whiter than the swan, A singing sweeter than the linnet's note.
"A Lover's Litanies" by Eric Mackay
The linnet is never so sweet as in its own woodland.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
The linnet would look ill tricked out in parrot's feathers.
"The Buccaneer" by Mrs. S. C. Hall
Does he know a languste from a linnet?
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
I'd just as soon eat after a linnet as not.
"The Hunter Cats of Connorloa" by Helen Jackson
Around, above, and afar, caroled the linnet, the lark, and the thrush.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
I really don't know," replied the Linnet; "and I am sure that I don't care.
"The Happy Prince and Other Tales" by Oscar Wilde
A little child once asked me if it was the nightingale who taught the linnets how to sing.
"A Critic in Pall Mall" by Oscar Wilde
His opponent, who in those days was known as the Hanley Linnet, suffered very little in the encounter.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
In the evening, when the day's work was done, they listened to the linnet's song.
"The Old Willow Tree and Other Stories" by Carl Ewald
And how sweetly the lark sang as it soared tremblingly upward, and the quails whistled and linnets twittered.
"Waterloo" by Émile Erckmann
The linnets ceased not their lays, though her garment touched the broom-stalk on which they sang.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
But she went early to bed, and the beams of the morning sun drew her forth as a linnet from its nest.
"The Bartlett Mystery" by Louis Tracy
On the 6th June 1916, a nest of Linnets just hatched was removed at 6.47 A.M.
"Territory in Bird Life" by H. Eliot Howard
From pleasant trees which shade the brink,
The lark and linnet light to drink
Their songs the lark and linnet raise,
And chide our silence in his praise.
"Psalm 104" by Isaac Watts
And show me your nest with the young ones in it;
I will not steal them away;
I am old! you may trust me, linnet, linnet—
I am seven times one to-day.
"Songs Of Seven (complete)" by Jean Ingelow
Come to me, Death!
I no more would stay.
The night—owl hath silenced the linnet and lark,
And the wailing of wisdom sounds sad in the dark;
Take me away.
"Go Away, Death!" by Alfred Austin
Where far you wander down the vale,
When balmy scents perfume the gale,
And purling rills and linnets hail
The King of kings,
To muse with you I never fail,
On heavenly things.
"Epistle To The Rev. J--- B---, Whilst Journeying For The Recovery Of His Health" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
This is the peak of the measureless minute
That mankind aspires to and never can hold,
Disclosed in a flash by a primrose, a linnet-
The instant that tells us that nothing grows old.
"Nothing Grows Old" by Phoebe Hesketh
The linnet enchants us the bushes among,
Though cheap the musician, yet sweet is the song;
We catch the soft warbling in air as it floats,
And with ecstacy hang on the ravishing notes.
"The Search After Happiness. A Pastoral Drama" by Hannah More