Address of the Birds
An Exercise for Five Pupils
The Robin -
"I am a robin, very brown
And big and plump and smooth and round.
My breast is pretty, bright and red
And see this top-knot on my head!
I heard the boys awhile ago
Shooting robins o'er the snow,
And flew away in trembling fear
And thought I'd hide from them in here.
The Blue Bird -
I'm a blue bird. Don't you see
Me sitting on this appletree,
I left my nest an hour ago
To look for bugs and worms, you know;
And now I know the very thing -
That while I'm waiting I will sing,
Oh! beautiful and balmy spring.
The Woodpecker -
I'm a woodpecker - a bird
Whose sound through wood and dale is heard.
I tap, tap, tap, with noisy glee,
To test the bark of every tree.
I saw a rainbow stretching gay,
Across the sky, the other day;
And some one said, "Good-bye to rain,
The woodpecker has come again."
The Lark -
I'm the lark and early rise
To greet the sun-god of the skies,
And upright cleave the freshening air,
To sail in regions still more fair.
Who could not soar on lusty wing,
His Maker's praises thus to sing?
The Nightingale -
In music I excel the lark,
She comes at dawn, I come at dark,
And when the stars are shining bright,
I sing the praises of the night.
In Concert -
Oh! in a chorus sweet we'll sing,
And wake the echoes of the spring."