John Speller's Web Pages Swifter than an eagle's flight

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Swifter than an eagle's flight
The text of this carol is found on a broadside in the Bodleian Library [Harding B.17 (16)] printed in Devonport for S. & J. Keys, Devonport, and also sold by R. Stone of Exeter and M. A. Reed of St. Newport, Monmouthshire. It seems to have been sung in both Devon and Cornwall, as well as in South Wales. I have been unable to find out anything about the origins of the tune.

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"'To make the Bird fly’ is to free the Spirit from its material prison, that it may soar in the alchemical sky and bring back Below the benefits of what is Above" -- Goossen van Vreeswijk (1626-c. 1689)
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