The Song of Summer

What are the birdies singing

Author: Birdie Bell
Tune: [What are the birdies singing]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 What are the birdies singing
Under the azure skies?
Carols of joy they’re flinging,
Upward the glad notes rise;
Listen, you’ll hear the chorus,
“Summer is come again,
Scatt’ring her beauties glorious
Over the hill and glen.”

Refrain:
List to the song that the birdies sing,
Echoing sweetly o’er the dale and glen,
“Glad summer has come again!”

2 What is the song of gladness
Floating upon the air,
Banishing tho’ts of sadness,
Fraught with a sweetness rare?
Listen! You’ll hear it ringing
Over the daisied mead,
Birds in the tree-top singing
“Summer is come indeed!” [Refrain]

3 Down where the streams are flowing,
Murm’ring they trip along;
Down where the clover’s growing,
There you may hear the song,
Echoing o’er the mountain,
Whispered by humming bees,
Changed by sparkling fountain,
Sung by the passing breeze. [Refrain]

4 What is the joyful chorus
Sounding o’er hill and plain?
Summer is crown’d victorious,
Hail, to her merry reign!
Summer in beauty vernal,
Rules us with flow’ring wand,
Gift of a love eternal,
Gift from a Father’s hand! [Refrain]

Source: The Service of Praise #185

Author: Birdie Bell

C. Louise Bell, also known a Birdie Bell, was born, raised and lived in New York city. She began writing hymns when she was sixteen years old. She is the author of more than 500 hymns, 200 religious poems, and 200 Christmas and Easter lyrics, as well as short stories, and articles. She wrote under the name of Birdie Bell, which is what her family called her. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: What are the birdies singing
Title: The Song of Summer
Author: Birdie Bell
Refrain First Line: List to the song that the birdies sing
Publication Date: 1900
Copyright: Public Domain

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