Of all animated beings this is the most elegant in form and the most brilliant in colors. The stones and meta ls polished by our arts are not comparable to[比不上…的] this jewel of Nature. She has placed it least in size of[按…大小] the order of birds[鸟类], "Maxime miranda in minimis." Her masterpiece is this little humming-bird, and upon it she has heaped all the gifts which the other birds may only share. Lightness, rapidity, nimbleness, grace, and rich apparel[鲜艳的衣服] all belong to this little favorite. The emerald[绿宝石], the ruby, and the topaz[黄玉] gleam upon its dress. It never soils them with the dust of earth, and in its aerial life scarcely touches the turf an instant. Always in the air, flying from flower to flower, it has their freshness as well as their brightness. It lives upon their nectar, and dwells only in the climates where they perennially bloom.