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Green Linnet 393/5 Vase

Limited Edition

Wordsworth’s charming poem The Green Linnet of 1802 refers to the greenfinch, rather than the bird that we now call the linnet. He composed his poem in the beauty of a May morning, when the orchard at Dove Cottage was bright with butterflies and flowers. An enraptured Wordworth welcomed the birds, “My last year’s friends”, delightedly following their swift flash from tree to tree, and listened to their songs, from the bird he described as “the happiest guest.”

“One have I marked, the happiest guest
In all the covert of the blest:
Hail to thee, far from the rest
In joy of voice and pinion.
Thou, linnet, in they green array,
Presiding spirit here today,
Dost lead the revels of the May,
And this is thy dominion.”

The poet rejoices in the linnet as the living embodiment of joy, featuring the small bird in no less than 14 poems – loving it for its revelry, as it scattered gladness with its bursts of song. He thought of it as a superb creature, well deserving to be called “A brother of the dancing leaves” in the same poem.

Wordsworth frequently coupled the linnet with the thrush, which too was usually singing, but for designer Kerry Goodwin, she has coupled her green linnet with a second companion. Both are to be found caught in different poses balancing amongst the May blossom of the orchard at Dove Cottage, with the soft, fragrant flowers, hiding the small green linnets among their boughs - “Beneath these fruit-tree boughs that shed their snow-white blossoms on my head.”

Ex Tax: £391.67
  • Designer: Kerry Goodwin
  • Dimensions: H 12.50 x W 8.50 x D 8.50 cm
  • Availability: In Stock


  • Product Width8.50cm
  • Product Height12.50cm
  • Product Depth8.50cm
  • Shape:393/5
  • Designer:Kerry Goodwin
  • Edition:Limited
  • Limited Edition Size:40

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