Sound the flute!

Central Park Conservatory Garden, April 23

Central Park Conservatory Garden, April 23


Sound the flute!
Now it’s mute.
Birds delight
Day and night;
In the dale,
Lark in sky,
Merrily, merrily, to welcome in the year.

Riverside Park, April 24

Riverside Park, April 24

Little boy,
Full of joy;
Little girl,
Sweet and small;
Cock does crow,
So do you;
Merry voice,
Infant noise,
Merrily, merrily, to welcome in the year.

Innisfree Garden, May 8

Innisfree Garden, May 8

Little lamb,
Here I am;
Come and lick
My white neck;
Let me pull
Your soft wool;
Let me kiss
Your soft face;
Merrily, merrily, we welcome in the year.

—William Blake

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Listening List

Benjamin Britten, Sound the Flute! from Spring Symphony


Credits: The photographs, as always on the blog unless otherwise indicated, are mine.

11 thoughts on “Sound the flute!

  1. hilarymb

    Hi Susan – gorgeous photos … Spring is a magical time. Excellent poem … loved reading it. Have a wonderful time in the longer days – cheers Hilary

    1. Susan Scheid Post author

      Glad you enjoyed the flowers and poem! We’ve gone back to rainy cold weather for the moment, but spring blossoms continue on.

  2. shoreacres

    I’d been thinking of you just a day or two before you posted this, wondering how your spring was coming, whether Innisfree had opened, and so on. The swallows have come back here — maybe this will be the year that I finally manage a photo of them.

    Those early greens are luscious. Ours are deepening now, but there’s still a hint here and there of that early growth that seems to enter the air and color it. I’m glad you’re getting out to enjoy it.

    1. Susan Scheid Post author

      It’s always nice to see the swallows return–they have here, too, and bluebirds and phoebes are flitting about, the latter nesting, we hope the former too. We even spotted a scarlet tanager in the yard yesterday, a rare treat! So agree about the early greens. Important to get out there and admire them while they last.

  3. David Nice

    IF it’s Innisfree, it must be spring! As well as the pictures, how I love the Blake and the Britten, though as far as the bigger picture goes, we are very much in ‘Out on the lawn’ territory, enjoying our privileges while the world reels…

    1. Susan Scheid Post author

      Indeed it has come this side of the pond as well! As to the musical selection, I did enjoy going back to the Spring Symphony and that jaunty tune–yet how right you are in your musical selection on the subject of the wider world.

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