The Yellowhammer

When shall I see the white thorn leaves agen
And yellowhammers gath'ring the dry bents
By the dyke side on stilly moor or fen
Feathered wi love and natures good intents
Rude is the nest this Architect invents
Rural the place wi cart ruts by dyke side
Dead grass, horse hair and downy headed bents
Tied to dead thistles she doth well provide
Close to a hill o' ants where cowslips bloom
And shed o'er meadows far their sweet perfume
In early Spring when winds blow chilly cold
The yellowhammer trailing grass will come
To fix a place and choose an early home
With yellow breast and head of solid gold.

(Still away from home at present... normal service will be resumed after next weekend. I think I speak for many when I say we did enjoy the 25th Anniversary Festival at Helpston last weekend... another wonderful, and thought provoking address from Ronnie Blythe and old and new friendships renewed).


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