Sunday, 29 December 2013

Absent-Mindedness in a Parish Choir

Today is the first Sunday of Christmas. You see, far from being 'all over', it's only just begun.

In case you didn't get your five colly (or 'calling',  but they're actually blackbirds for whom 'colly bird' is a country nickname) birds this morning I have a present in the form of one of my favourite Christmas readings, from Thomas Hardy's novel Under the Greenwood Tree. (Hardy would've known all about 'colly' birds I feel sure.)

As well as a novelist, poet and countryman Hardy was also an accomplished musician. Perhaps that's why I like this passage so well, even though the musicians all come to a sticky end.

It 'appended on the Sunday after Christmas, the last Sunday they every played in Longpuddle church though they didn't know that then…

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