Sounding Childhood

"The spring"

Rounds, and songs about the seasons, were staples in children's songbooks of the era, so our choir tackled this one, "The Spring is come, / I hear the birds sing from bush to bush;/ Hark! Hark!/ I hear them sing;/ The linnet and the little wren,/ the blackbird and the thrush."  The melody was written by a "Dr. Hayes," although the melodies created by the round were a bit tricky!  It was found in One Hundred and One Best Songs (Chicago, n.d.)  It is a typical spring song, though, that would be parodied by Gilbert and Sullivan for their "The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring," also recorded by the choir for this website.

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