This image, engraved by Joseph Swain, was published in the periodical 'Good Words' to accompany a poem entitled 'O the Lark is Singing in the Sky' (January, 1864, p. 64):O the lark is singing in the sky,A bonny, bonny song;But there's a bird in my heart, love,A-singing all day long. The soaring lark sinks back to earth - His song will soon be o'er;But the bird in my heart, love,Shall sing for evermore.O the rose is blooiming in the sun,The sweetest flower that grows,But there's a bonny flower, love,Blooms fairer than the rose.It fills life's summer air with joy,Nor droops when stroms come o'er.'Twill flourish in its beautyWhen roses bloom no more.The poem is signed 'R.B.R'.

  • Accessioned, 1978.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Engraver Joseph Swain -
Artist John Everett Millais -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Monogram (printed) / Drawn by J. E. Millais / Engraved by Swain / poem printed underneath (as in Label Text).
- - Printed -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
43 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery 2004-10-16 - 2005-01-16
43 Leighton House, London 2005-02-18 - 2005-04-29


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Good Words
1864-01 Pitman, London p. 64
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot cat. no. 43 / B217.


James Richardson Holliday; bequeathed to City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1927; Accessioned, 1978.

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