Birds Carolling


Birds carolling

December days are just flying, already it is the Carol Service here in Lastingham this Sunday, 18th – I rather enjoy singing along to carols, though I don’t know this one, or its tune.  I was introduced to it by Rosemary Roberts, of The Celtic Cross Press who created a Christmas card with her delightful woodcut drawing and the verse letterpress printed beneath.

This is the verse – from a hymn on the Nativity by Christopher Smart (poet and classicist 1722-1771)

Spinks and ouzels sing sublimely,

‘We too have a Saviour born’,

Whiter blossoms burst untimely

On the blest Mosaic thorn.

A spink is a chaffinch, the Mosaic thorn is a tree said to have grown from the staff of Joseph of Arimathaea and which blooms at Christmas.

I must sing along to birds ‘carolling’ more often.


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