The Pelican
hunger, or to feed its young. In order to get out the fish, it presses its bill against its
breast; and this has led some people to believe that it pierces its breast, and feeds
its young ones with its own blood. Of course this is only a fable.
The pelican likes to live in lonely places, such as a rocky island in the midst of the
ocean, where nobody will come near to disturb it: it is for this reason that David says
in the 102d Psalm, "I am like a pelican in the wilderness," or solitary place. I suppose
he wrote this Psalm when he was very sorrowful; perhaps when Saul was pursuing
him, and trying to take his life.