Daybreak Track – Emily Dickinson



Daybreak Track – Emily Dickinson

Written by Frances Wooden

That is BirdNote! [Mixture of birds calling at dawn]

One of many magical items of spring is to listen to the daybreak music. As early morning mild extinguishes the celebs, as the primary rays of daylight fill the timber, male birds start to pour out their songs. Warblers… , sparrows…, chickadees…, thrushes…, finches…, wrens…, blackbirds… [Repeat dawn song, building to a full boisterous sound]

Whereas the awe and majesty of this symphony at daybreak are arduous to convey, poet Emily Dickinson, described it this manner:   

     The birds begun at 4 o’clock—
     Their interval for daybreak—
     A music quite a few as house
     And measureless as midday.

     I couldn’t depend their pressure,
     Their voices did expend
     As brook by brook bestows itself
     To enlarge the pond.

     Their witnesses weren’t,
     Besides occasional man
     In homely trade arrayed
     To overhaul the morn.

     Nor was it for applause
     That I may verify,
     However impartial ecstasy
     Of Deity and Males. [More dawn song] 

For BirdNote, I’m Mary McCann.


Daybreak Refrain (Daybreak at Carnation Marsh, WA throughout April) supplied by: Martyn Stewart at 
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and produced by John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Government Producer: Chris Peterson / Dominic Black
© 2015 Tune In to     Revised for March 2017. March 2019 / 2020/2022

ID # 032105dawnKPLU    edickinson-01b-2009-04-07-MM

Species: Darkish-eyed Junco (repeated trilling); Purple-breasted Sapsucker (early drumming); Pileated Woodpecker (name); Track Sparrow; White-crowned Sparrow; and Black-headed Grosbeak.


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