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Bridges, Robert - I heard a linnet courting

Identifier

021577

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

I Heard a Linnet Courting

I heard a linnet courting
His lady in the spring:
His mates were idly sporting,
Nor stayed to hear him sing
His song of love.--
I fear my speech distorting
His tender love.

The phrases of his pleading
Were full of young delight;

And she that gave him heeding
Interpreted aright
His gay, sweet notes,--
So sadly marred in the reading,--
His tender notes.

And when he ceased, the hearer
Awaited the refrain,
Till swiftly perching nearer
He sang his song again,
His pretty song:--
Would that my verse spake clearer
His tender song!

Ye happy, airy creatures!
That in the merry spring
Think not of what misfeatures
Or cares the year may bring;
But unto love
Resign your simple natures,
To tender love.

The source of the experience

Bridges, Robert

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Linnet

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Unrequited love

Commonsteps

References