How lovely this idea, a bird’s soft, sweet, seldom heard ‘under-song’.

Shhh!  Switch off the music, the television, the radio, the beeping, blinking devices, and listen.  If you can hear that under-song, you can hear the universe.

‘They talked in the under-song voices – which men seldom hear, they are so soft and sweet – while clinging to the unburst heads of the reed-maces.’


Source: Henry Williamson, Tarka the Otter: His joyful water-life and death in the two rivers, illus. C.F. Tunnicliffe (Harmondsworth: Puffin Books, 1976 (1927)), p. 80


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