Saturday, 6 November 2010

Answers on a postcard..

If anyone has the answer to this question, I'd love to hear from them:

The first verse of Thomas Grey's very haunting Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard is always given (at least in any of my anthologies) as:

The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea
The plowman homeward plods his weary way,
And leaves the world to darkness and to me.

but I've always wondered if 'curfew' was intended by Grey as 'curlew', which would make more sense and would also square with the alliterative rhythm of the first line.

Does anyone know?

Edit on 7th November:
Oops - I meant 'Gray', not 'Grey'
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