To Honour the Sacred Birds

bird-nest-560384_1920Yesterday, a low-flying great blue heron crossed my path with a blossoming branch in his beak. He was on route from the tidal flat to a small colony of eight nesting pairs in the tall bare trees beside the trail. Then this afternoon, my friend thrilled at the hummingbird courtship antics happening outside her window. Tonight, I watched a pair of mallards try and lead me away from their nest in the muddy creekbed. So, in honour of all the birds that are working so hard right now, courting, building nests, laying and incubating their precious eggs, I want to share this beautiful piece.

When I first heard it, a few weeks ago, on this wonderful Sacred Nature album by Philip Carr-Gomme, it captured my heart. It’s on the track called “Healing Sleep”.  He says it is a lullaby from the Scottish Highlands. I’d love to credit the poet, but I don’t know who that is. If you know, please comment. You can read more about the album on Philip Carr-Gomme’s blog.

This piece gives me comfort I cannot explain, which is really the best kind, isn’t it? It wraps around my ragged spirit like a nest of feathers and brings me peace. Listen if you can. The recitation by Glasgow actor, Scott Reid, is accompanied by beautiful vocals and healing harp strains. Here are the words:

 

The nest of the Raven is in the hawthorn rock

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Seagull is in the rock of droppings

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Ptarmigan is in the rough mountain

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Mavis is in the bonny copse

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Blackbird is in the withered bow

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Skylark is in the track of a cow

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Pigeon is in the red crags

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Wild Duck is in the bank of the lakelet

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Cuckoo is in the hedge sparrow’s nest

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Sea Lark is in the level shingle beach

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Teal Duck is in the breast of the tree

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Lapwing is in the hummocked marsh

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Kite is in the high of the mountain slope

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Wren is in the rock thicket

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Plover is in the wooden copse

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Red Hen is in the green red-tipped heather

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Starling is under the wing of the thatch

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Heath Hen is in the marshland knot

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Curlew is in the bubbling peat moss

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Oystercatcher is among the smooth shingles

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Heron is in the pointed trees

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Bullfinch is in the wood of the dell

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Stonechat is in the garden dyke

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

The nest of the Rook is in the tree’s top

My Little One Will Sleep and He Shall Have the Bird

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “To Honour the Sacred Birds

  1. This is lovely. I’m rather too fond of birds myself. It’s a little early for it, but some of the ducklings are starting to hatch, and my porch received its first hummingbird visitor of the year a few weeks ago.

    Thanks for sharing the poem/lullaby!

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