Notes from a Bottle Found on the Beach at Carmel: A Poem by Evan S. Connell

By Evan S. Connell

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Final 12 Days interior_ The Twelve Days Of Christmas - 27108 PL209-23 / 4228 2/18/09 STD edn 4:02 PM Page 29 Final 12 Days interior_ 2/18/09 1:08 PM Page 30 A NOTE ABOU T THE S ON G’S OR IG I NS The song is associated with the twelve days of Ch ristmas that stretch from Ch ristmas Day, December 25, to Epiphany, January 6, when the th ree kings’ visit to baby Jesus is celebrated. ” The earliest version appears in a book called Mirth without Mischief, published in the early 1780s in England. The song is described as a “memory and forfeits game” played by children.

Most scholars believe that the song originated in France, however, since the partridge wasn’t introduced to England until the 1770s. In some early version s, the “calling birds” were written as “collie birds,” or blackbirds, and the five golden rings were meant to be five ringnecked birds such as pheasants. But over the centuries, the words have changed, and now “calling birds” is widely accepted and the rings are the kind you wear on your fingers. Regardless of the various theories about the song’s origins, people continue to sing it at Ch ristmastime with great enthusiasm.

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