Sonnet On Hearing A Thrush Sing


Sing on, sweet thrush, upon the leafless bough, Sing on, sweet bird, I listen to thy strain, See aged Winter, 'mid his surly reign, At thy blythe carol, clears his furrowed brow. Thus in bleak Poverty's dominion drear, Sits meek Content with light, unanxious heart; Welcomes the rapid moments, bids them part, Nor asks if they bring ought to hope or fear. I thank thee, Author of this opening day! Thou whose bright sun now gilds yon orient skies! Riches denied, thy boon was purer joys - What wealth could never give nor take away! But come, thou child of poverty and care, The mite high heav'n bestow'd, that mite with thee I'll share.

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Crawford Logan

About this work

This is a poem by Robert Burns. It was written in 1788 and is read here by Crawford Logan.

Themes for this poem

nature religion

Selected for 16 January

In, 'aged Winter', a simple song bird can offer solace and remind the makar of his Maker, 'Author of this opening day'. Like the thrush (if less 'naturally' and with more stilted and effusive rhetorical strain), Burns's sonnet composed in the course of a morning walk in January, produces sweet music.

Donny O'Rourke

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