The men have been catching albatross as part of our study of marine life. They roll out a line of cobbler's thread which is strong enough to hold the birds, yet light enough to trail behind us in the air. On one end is a bent nail which snags them.
And it would work 'em woe:
For all averred, I had killed the bird
That made the breeze to blow.
Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay,
That made the breeze to blow!"