Spring has sprung, the grass has riz

As the schoolboy poem says.  We have crocus and snowdrops in the garden, the woods are green with the bluebell shoots and the garden is full of bird-song.  It is hard to believe that we were shivering under a foot of snow a few weeks ago.   (Of course, as this is England, there is plenty of time yet for more blizzards, fog and frost!)

It seems significant amidst all this economic doom and gloom that we also are on the look out for the signs of new growth and remember that the economy is as cyclical as the weather.  In the same way that we have to work with the seasons when we tend tend our gardens, we also have to prepare the ground, plant the seeds and do what is necessary to grow our businesses too.

Ode to Spring

“Spring has sprung,

The Grass has riz,

I wonder where the birdies is?

The little bird is on the wing,

But that’s absurd! 

Because the wing is on the bird!”

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63 Responses to “Spring has sprung, the grass has riz”

  1. Maureen says:

    I remember this too and think it was written by Ogden Nash: The spring has sprung, the flowers are riz, I wonder how the boidies is”

  2. Maureen, I thought this but I think we have established this a common but wrong view

  3. charles gray says:

    Winters come the ground is white,
    the birdies flew outa sight!!

    winters come the trees are bare,
    I don’t see no birdies anywhere!!

  4. Cindy says:

    My father used to recite this poem to me. I had always thought it was Ogden Nash also. Now I know.

  5. Barbara Canniff says:

    The spring has sprung the grass has rizz I wonder where dem birdies is
    The little birdies is on da wing, Ain’t dat absurd! Da little wings is on da birdie!

  6. Neil says:

    I’m 81 and learnt this as a Lancashire child but with what I imagine, now, must have been some sort of American type of accent (Brooklyn?):-

    Spring is here,
    De grass is riz,
    I wonder where de boidies iz,
    De boids iz on de wing,
    Nah, dats absoid,
    De wing iz on de boid!

  7. Virginia DeMarce says:

    My grandfather recited this to us (his grandchildren) in the 1940s in Missouri.

  8. ruth bailey says:

    I just have one. So I don’t know if this works. But my memory has got to be from the ‘thirties. The recitations came from more than one kind person! Thank you!

  9. Anne Miller says:

    Spring has sprung
    The bird is on the wing …
    My word, how absurd
    I thought the wing was on the bird!

    I am 56 and my Dad would be 98 if he was still alive. He used to like saying this (Sydney). I have the feeling it may have been from a routine by the Aussie comedian “Mo” (Roy Rene) on an old 78

  10. Julian says:

    My mother quoted this to me as a child in 1965 or so.

    it was in a new-Joisy accent..

    Spring is sprung,
    the grass is riz,
    I wonder where the boidees is?
    (second voice)
    The boid is on the wing!
    (first voice)
    The boid is on hte wing???
    how absoid, the wing is on the boid!

  11. Mary White says:

    My grandfather always recited this to us as children and said it was by Edward Lear???????????

  12. I heard that too but have also been told it wasn’t true…take your pick

  13. Eve Bennett says:

    I know this as a short song – wish I knew how to sing it to you. About 1950 I learned it from my husband who was born in 1920 and always lived in Washington state. It is also a bit different from any of the above. Here is the way I taught it to my first grade class every year:
    Spring has sprung, the grass has riz,
    I wonder where the flowers iz,
    I wonder where that man of mine has went.

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