Monday, December 21, 2009

On the Third Day of Christmas...

My true love gave to me...

Three French Hens

Chickens were domesticated anciently and have been on the menu for a long long time.  No one knows if this song referred to a specific breed, but this site suggests that Crevecoeur, Houdans and the La Fleche varieties (pictured above) would have been common about the era when this tune originated. 

Hens symbolize motherly devotion and roosters sometimes represent the resurrection of Christ.  Jesus employed the metaphor of a hen gathering her chicks to express the love he had for his people.

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