Some French Inspiration

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Every year, I appreciate the books my parents have given me over the years more. They have given me some beautiful Christmas books, which I pull out with the decorations each season. Having them out for just a short while makes them more special, and because they are there on the coffee table, I am called to read them and enjoy.

One special book is called, A Christmas Treasury:

I hope you don't mind if I share some of what I've found there with you over the next few days.

Whence Comes This Rush of Wings?
(French Carol from Bas-Quercy)

Whence comes this rush of wings afar,
Following straight the Noel star?
Birds from the woods in wondrous flight,
Bethlehem seek this Holy Night.

"Tell us, ye birds, why come ye here,
Into this stable, poor and drear?"
"Hast'ning we seek the new-born King,
And all our sweetest music bring."

Hark! how the greenfinch bears his part,
Philomel, too, with tender heart,
Chants from her leafy dark retreat,
Re, mi, fa, sol, in accents sweet.

Angels and shepherds, birds of the sky,
Come where the Son of God doth lie;
Christ on earth with man doth dwell,
Join in the shout, "Noel, Noel!"

I don't know about you, but I'm going to look at birds differently today.

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4 Responses to “Some French Inspiration”

  1. What a beautiful poem. Yes, friend I'll be looking at birds differently too. Hopping over from FaithJam.

  2. I'll look at birds with a special eye today, too. What a thoughtful gift to receive books from your parents. Love it.

  3. Oh, to do as these birds did: "Hast'ning we seek the new-born King, And all our sweetest music bring." Beautiful.

  4. oh, this drew me into the christmas season... on the wing of a bird... thank you, beautiful friend, for sharing.