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A Mocking Bird

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 16, 2012

A Mocking Bird

By Anthony W. Ivins

In the stillness of the night,
When the moonbeams shone,
Reflecting their light from Zion’s domes,
The song of the Mocking Bird,
A song without peer,
Gave courage and hope to the first pioneer.




  1. So, is it true? Do mockingbirds’ songs have no equal? (If not, it seems to me that Ivins’ choice of birds here is an odd one.)

    Comment by David Y. — February 17, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

  2. Um, yeah … this one was chosen more because of its author than because of its content. (Do we even have mockingbirds in Utah?)

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 17, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

  3. Thanks. Yeah, I don’t know if there are mockingbirds in Utah. In any case, it’s a dramatic image that President Ivins creates here. From my own experience, I can imagine that a beautiful birdsong would provide welcome comfort to someone who is all alone in the outdoors and especially during the eery hours of the night.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by David Y. — February 21, 2012 @ 11:08 am

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