Sometime ago there were postings on the significance of the
wren in Celtic lore. I did not save the postings so don't
know whether what follows may have already been presented.
In Joyce's "Ulysses", section 14.the "Circe" episode the
"The ladies from their balconies throw down
rosepetals. The air is perfumed with essences. The
men cheer. Bloom's boys run amid the bystanders with
branches of hawthorn and wrenbushes.
The wren, the wren,
The king of all the birds,
Saint Stephen's his day
Was caught in the furze."
I find this on page 604 of the Bodley Head edition.
Not to beat around the bush can anyone explain this?
The furze entrapment of the wren I understand. What about
the hawthorn? And St. Stephen? A prickly subject, this.