All of my life,
whenever I sang the "12 Days of Christmas"
My true love brought
"Four Calling Birds"
on the fourth day.
Did you know that originally
"Four Colly Birds?"
I had no idea!
"Colly is an Old English term for 'black,'
from the word 'colliery,' meaning coal mine.
And colly birds, therefore, refer to the common blackbird."
(From Enterprise Education)
If I had read this before today,
I would have put at least a little black in my
On the Fourth Day of Christmas,
my true love gave to me....
Four Colly Birds
Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.
Patterns can be found here.