Thursday, April 08, 2010

On This Day.....Gabriel's Hounds

Gabriel's Hounds - Wild Geese; from the noise they make when flying, and from the legend that they are the souls of unbaptised children doomed to wander until the Day of Judgement - Albert Hyamson, Dictionary of English Phrases.

The painting is Canada Geese by Nigel Gittins

Today is also the anniversary of the birth of the poet William Wordsworth.

'He the seven birds hath seen, that never part,
For overhead are sweeping Gabriel's Hounds,
Doomed with their impious Lord, the flying hart,
To chase forever on aerial grounds' - William Wordsworth, Miscellaneous Sonnets.

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