Proud Songsters

Proud Songsters was a poem written by Thomas Hardy. It describes the passage of time and how quickly life changes in a year. Animals that weren’t here a year ago now inhabit the surrounding environment and fill it with life.


The thrushes sing as the sun is going,
And the finches whistle in ones and pairs,
And as it gets dark loud nightingales in bushes,
Pipe, as they can when April wears,
As if all Time were theirs.

These are brand new birds of twelvemonths’ growing,
Which a year ago, or less than twain,
No finches were, nor nightingales, nor thrushes,
But only particles of grain,
And earth, and air, and rain.

-Thomas Hardy

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