Esoteric London

No. 644: Wood Street, EC2

Posted in Churches, Literary London, Wildlife by esotericlondon on August 16, 2012

Wood Street, London, EC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

From Reverie of Poor Susan – William Wordsworth, 1797:

At the corner of Wood Street, when daylight appears,
Hangs a Thrush that sings loud, it has sung for three years:
Poor Susan has passed by the spot, and has heard
In the silence of morning the song of the Bird.

[ The churchyard in which Wordworth’s thrush was singing was that of St. Peter Cheap built in 1196 and destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. Today the churchyard is a tiny green oasis just off Cheapside in the City. The tree in the above photograph stands prominently within it and maybe, just maybe, Wordworth’s thrush perched on its young boughs to sing at dawn as Susan passed. R.D.]