Thanks to And Rosta and John Cowan..... I wrote: >> I need to look into that---- the lines seem to be a take on Wordsworth's (?) >> "...bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang." > >Shakespeare, Sonnet 73. I agree about it being echoed. I think >you're thinking of Tintern Abbey, ... Exactly... Unfortunately it's been years since I read either. but I seem to own no copy of it >so cannot check. > > That time of year thou mayst in me behold, > When yellow leaves, or none, or few do hang > Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, > Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. > >(or "bare rn'wd quiers" in the original) > >--And.