What could be sweeter to the ear than a ‘green-leaf song’? Leigh Fermor hears it parting company with an old woman shepherdess. Did the song survive?
‘Still exchanging jokes, they set off for their high sheepfolds. One of them was spinning as she went, and in a little while a green-leaf song was mounting the hillside and then slowing fading out of earshot.’
Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Between the Woods and the Water (London: Penguin Books, 1986), p. 209