Sparrow greets the day so gaily
with romanticism and invention,
while Raven sings just the truth;
she tells all the world about her needs.
Though, later, taking me aside,
"Don't think I despise the wind under my wings,
and the sheer unbridled joy of flight.
Sparrow tosses aside all care
to proclaim his rapture of life,
whereas I prefer to sing these things
silently in my prayers to God."