Friday, April 26, 2013

the voice of the turtledove


wildflowers in the top field

The flowers appeare on the earth; the time of the singing of birds has come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land...

 Song of Solomon 2:12 (1611 King James Bible)

collared dove or tortora dal collare orientale

The turtle, or turtledove or, to be precise, the collared dove, is certainly heard in our land, together with the cuckoo and other twitterers and warblers. We still await the nightingale.

...with thanks to someone else's sudden recollection of these apt and beautiful words...

1 comment:

  1. Ah, so it's turtle DOVE! I've always wondered about that 'turtle'.


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