Sounding Childhood

The Hummingbird

The Hummingbird celebrates another small creature which, when recognizing the smallness of children, is an apt topic for song. Found in Eddy (#75)—words anonymous, music by T. F. Seward--this song is an ode to the hummingbird, “so fairy-like and bright” (v. 1) describing how “crimson is her shining breast,/ Like to the red, red rose” (v. 2) and acknowledging its place in the ecosystem: “Thy food the honey from the flow’r, Thy drink the dew from heav’n” (v. 3).  Our choir loved sing this song, probably for its sprightly tune in 6/8 which mimics the flight of the fast-winged hummingbird.

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