Hymns, poems and rhymes

This week at Walton, Newholme and Cavendish hospitals, we’ve continued our look back at school days and have been listening to, reading and singing some of the hymns, poems and playground rhymes we remembered last week.

We thought about school assemblies, and one member of nursing staff confessed that he’d been thrown out of recorder club because he wasn’t playing the right notes! In school, we often had to copy out and memorise poems – we looked back fondly on ‘As I wandered lonely as a cloud’ by William Wordsworth, and ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling.

We remembered the hymns we sung, from ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ to ‘Morning has broken’, and the songs we sang and chanted in the playground. Jumping over French elastic, and games like ‘Ring a Ring a Roses’, which is actually a very old rhyme dating back to the plague of the Black Death in the 14th Century!

Poetry Time Machine

Hearing Wordsworth’s Daffodils reminds me of school days
Then All Things Bright and Beautiful in my head plays.
Reciting the Lord’s Prayer and before dinner, grace
Mumbling our way through the words, keeping up the pace.

In lessons, poems were learned by heart.
We hear them now, it makes us start –
Transports us back to carefree times
Playing games and skipping rhymes.

Wordsworth's Daffodils

Wordsworth’s Daffodils

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