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
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
Compass Records Acquires Physical Sales Rights To Green Linnet Records From Digital Music Group Published May 17, 2006.
Linnet Biopharmaceuticals Inc. Tim Linnet , doctor of pharmacy, chief operating officer and co-founder.
A cock linnet was a popular pet bird in Victorian times.
"Arf a cock linnet" is cockney rhyming slang for "half a minute".