Whoever may be the author, it is the firstling of his dramatic muse, and worth merely a passing mention.
The firstling of his bullock, majesty is his; and his horns are the horns of the wild-ox.
And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem.
Yea, I am fair, my firstling; if thou couldst but remember me!
Many a firstling of verse found its way to her, inscribed with reverent or loving words by the author.
But there is an interesting touch of nature in the words the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb.
Cain did bring a kid, yea, a firstling upon the altar, and the blaze ascended not.
The pastoral nomad brings the firstling of his flocks; the more advanced agriculturist adds the produce of the ground.
He, however, who would be a firstling, let him take care lest he also become a lastling!
The dandelion was the earliest flower to stir the children's memories; in New England it is "the firstling of the year."