Birds In Hymns – Whence Comes This Rush Of Wings?

White-tailed Tropicbird by Ian

White-tailed Tropicbird by Ian

Whence Comes This Rush Of Wings?

We…are come to worship Him. (Matthew 2:2)

Words: French car­ol from Bas-Quer­cy; trans­lat­or un­known. Ap­peared in Car­ols Old and Car­ols New, by Charles Lewis Hutch­ins (Bos­ton, Mass­a­chu­setts: Par­ish Choir, 1916), num­ber 460.

Music: Bas-Quercy

Whence Comes This Rush Of Wings?

Whence comes this rush of wings afar,
Following straight the Noël star?
Birds from the woods in wondrous flight,
Bethlehem seek this holy night.

European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) by Ian

European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) by Ian

“Tell us, ye birds, why come ye here,
Into this stable, poor and drear?”
“Hast’ning we seek the newborn King,
And all our sweetest music bring.”

Hark how the greenfinch bears his part,
Philomel, too, with tender heart,
Chants from her leafy dark retreat,
Re, mi, fa, sol, in accents sweet.

Angels and shepherds, birds of the sky,
Come where the Son of God doth lie;
Christ on the earth with man doth dwell,
Join in the shout, “Noël, Noël!”

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