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The Blackbird, A Poem by : William Ernest Henley.

A Blackbird, in a kilkenny woodland.
Wildlife photography : Nigel Borrington

The Blackbird

By : William Ernest Henley.

The nightingale has a lyre of gold,
The lark’s is a clarion call,
And the blackbird plays but a boxwood flute,
But I love him best of all.

For his song is all of the joy of life,
And we in the mad, spring weather,
We two have listened till he sang
Our hearts and lips together.

16 responses

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  2. Stunning!

    April 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

  3. MARVELOUS πŸ™‚ Thank You so much for Sharing this. I must read more of him!!

    April 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm

  4. A beautiful photo…!

    April 9, 2014 at 3:19 pm

  5. Your picture is a poem in itself but it is also a lovely poem by William Ernest Henley.
    Have you noticed when it’s winter, the blackbird is humming. As if it is practicing for spring πŸ™‚

    April 9, 2014 at 6:24 pm

  6. M-R

    LOVE both, Nigel ! – the photo is superb, and the poem a delight. Thank you !

    April 9, 2014 at 10:37 pm

  7. This is a wonderful poem, I read it once when looking up other works by Henley after reading his poem Invictus.

    April 10, 2014 at 10:08 am

    • Hello Jenni πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you for you comment and visit .

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      April 11, 2014 at 12:14 pm

  8. poppytump

    what lovely lines in that poem …
    … and such a charming picture Nigel πŸ™‚

    April 10, 2014 at 5:42 pm

  9. Beautiful image and poem. Blackbirds have the sweetest song, I think, They are real characters.

    April 11, 2014 at 10:01 am

  10. Oh! How perfect to catch the moon behind that lovely blackbird……….it’s a stunning image. Soft lighting, he looks very content perched alone on his branch in the dead of night.

    Just gorgeous, Nigel. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    April 11, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      His song was just wonderful Sharon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Thank you !!

      April 14, 2014 at 1:22 pm

  11. How did you do that? Iontach !

    April 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    • Hello πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      Its a shot of the black bird very early one morning , I under exposed the shot by a small bit just to give an extra feeling.

      Blackbirds , always the first to rise πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      April 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      • Ahhh. thank you. Always the artist. πŸ™‚

        April 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm

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