Photo credit: Andrew Fusek Peter Thank you, Andrew.

Whenever we hear skylarks on our walks around Clungunford and onto Clunbury Hill (which I’m happy to say is very often) Hilary quotes this to me ~

Ethereal minstrel! pilgim of the sky,

Dost thou despise the earth where cares abound?

Sadly she gets no further than that!

The full poem is below. I love the ‘privacy of glorious light’ which seems to be exactly what the skylark enjoys!

That is followed by Christina Rossetti’s Skylark, which I have recently come across while looking for poems about Spring for my children’s Zoom Poetry Club. We love the lines

And still the singing skylark soared,
And silent sank and soared to sing.


You might like to listen to Nigel Kennedy playing Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending while you read them?


To the Skylark by William Wordsworth


Ethereal minstrel! pilgrim of the sky!
Dost thou despise the earth where cares abound?
Or, while the wings aspire, are heart and eye
Both with thy nest upon the dewy ground?
Thy nest which thou canst drop into at will,
Those quivering wings composed, that music still!

Leave to the nightingale her shady wood;
A privacy of glorious light is thine;
Whence thou dost pour upon the world a flood
Of harmony, with instinct more divine;
Type of the wise who soar, but never roam;
True to the kindred points of Heaven and Home!



The Skylark by Christina Rossetti


The earth was green, the sky was blue:
I saw and heard one sunny morn,
A skylark hang between the two,
A singing speck above the corn;

A stage below, in gay accord,
White butterflies danced on the wing,
And still the singing skylark soared,
And silent sank and soared to sing. 

The cornfield stretched a tender green
To right and left beside my walks;
I knew he had a nest unseen
Somewhere among the million stalks: 

And as I paused to hear his song,
While swift the sunny moments slid,
Perhaps his mate sat listening long,
And listened longer than I did.

This gorgeous, tiny film, shows a skylark feeding its young and is from the RSPB website.

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