Sounding ChildhoodMain Menu30 Selections from the Top Ranking Hymns for ChildrenAlphabetical Index of Hymn TitlesScoresRecordingsTimelineCredits, 2015 Recording & WebsiteCredits, Permissions and CopyrightWorks CitedRehearsal VideosPart 2--Songs for School and PlayPart 3--Bands of Mercy SongsAlisa Clapp-ItnyreAlisa Clapp-Itnyre ea81b58f96dc50ac6f0312cb8dfd4bbc7d5bfddcSOUNDING VICTORIAN Project 2016
12020-03-28T02:59:59+00:00A Finished Nest8A Finished Nestplain2020-08-24T23:22:18+00:00A Finished Nest celebrates bird life in the life of children. Found in Sarah Eddy's Songs of Happy Life (#70)—words Anon, music Paul Ambrose--it is another song in the genre of bird protection, in this case the vogue of nest-collecting, both children and adults. It ends, “Spare the feathered woodland rover; / Let him work and love and sing!” Charles Babcock was inspired to organize Bird Day in the United States in 1894 because of children’s “love of feather ornamentation so heartlessly persisted in by thousands of our women, and the mania for collecting eggs and killing birds so deeply rooted in our boys, are legacies of barbarism inherited from our savage ancestry” (both qtd. in his “Bird Day: How to Prepare for It” 1901, Project Gutenberg).
12019-03-03T04:08:31+00:00Woodman, spare that tree4Band of Mercy songplain2021-02-01T03:53:16+00:00"Woodman, spare that tree" is another Band of Mercy song found in Sarah Eddy's Songs of Happy Life. Written by George Pope Morris, music by Johann Adam Hiller, the song pursues exactly what the title states: an appeal to a woodman not to "touch a single bough" (v. 1), "forbear thy stroke" (v. 2), and then goes on to praise the various attributes of "the old oak--"its shade," its shelter, its "tow'ring to the skies." Then its connections to humans are extolled: "My mother kissed me here; My father press'd my hand" (v. 3). Our choir sang it in two-part harmony.