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Thread #33569   Message #447940
Posted By: nutty
24-Apr-01 - 06:05 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Twa Sisters / Lay Bent to the Bonny Broom
Subject: RE: 'twasisters' lay the bent to bonny broom
"bents" are reeds - not sure what type - but Robert Herrick states in " Ceremonies for Candlemas Eve"

Green rushes then and sweetest bents
With cooler oaken boughs
Come in for comely ornaments
To re-adorn the house

Herrick's poems were published in 1648 and this particular poem has been set to music and has recently been recorded by Martyn Wyndham-Read ( so I understand)