The following message (from [log in to unmask]), contains
incomplete verses from a ballad. Does anyone have commentary plus
complete verses? Also, any other obtuse 'bird' ballads etc?
My own researches relating to 'The Ox-Pen of the Bards' give me
the strong hint that there's more than simple 'secual imagery'
intended here. There is also the persistent reference to the
Troubadour and other Initiate references to the 'Language of the
Birds' .... Let's pursue these 'birds' further ... 8-}
> From [log in to unmask] Thu May 5 07:25:23 1994
> Date: Wed, 4 May 1994 18:53:00 NDT
> From: "Pauline J. Alama" <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: lark's nest. :-) addendum to: Arfderydd
> > > Come on! Lark's nest is clearly a euphemism for the favors of a
> > > probably royal woman. Plenty of similar attestations in old English
> > > ballad.
> > Could you please point out a few ? I don't recall ever seeing any such
> > thing.
> I don't know about "Lark's Nest" but the phrase "Cuckoo's Nest" is used
> as the anatomical feature in question in a ballad I know of--ballad by the
> same name, I think.
> "Three maidens a-milking did go...
> And the wind it did blow high, and the wind it did blow low
> Three maidens a-milking did go
> They met with some young man they know...
> And they boldly asked him if he had any skill
> To catch them a young bird or so
> Oh yes I've a very good skill...
> So come along with me beyond the flowering tree
> And I'll catch a young bird or three
> So it's off to the greenwoods went they...
> He tapped at the bush and the bird it did fly in
> A little above her lily-white knee
> (Then there's some lines I can't remember)
*=*= Anyone 'remember' these missing lines?
> I'll give anybody a shilling and a bottle of the best
> That'll rumple up the feathers in THE CUCKOO'S NEST
> (There's also bit about "He left her with the makings of a young cuckoo,"
> the significance of which should be apparent to such learned scholars
> as are on this network)
*=*= Ah, but was a 'literalist' writing, or are these
the words of someone couching hidden meanings in the
multi-level troubadour's secret-language 'bird-talk'???
> CAveat: my source for this is not scholarly; it is Steeleye Span. ;-)
*=*= What information have any of you come across about
the Troubadour/shamanic 'language of the birds'???
-- Any references?