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6. Proud Songsters.
From Winter Words – published 1928

The thrushes sing as the sun is going,
And the finches whistle in ones and pairs,
And as it gets dark loud nightingales

In bushes
Pipe, as they can when April wears,

As if all time were theirs.

These are brand new birds of twelve-month's growing,
Which a year ago, or less than twain,
No finches were, nor nightingales,

Nor thrushes,
But only particles of grain,
And earth, and air, and rain.

This poem explores two of Hardy's most frequent fascinations, nature and the
passing of time. This is the only poem in the cycle actually taken from the
collection which Hardy called “Winter Words”, and the only one of the eight poems
also set by the most prolific of Hardy songwriters, Gerald Finzi.
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