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Who Has Seen the Wind, a Singable Poem

Posted on: March 22, 2010

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who has seen the wind johnstone - Copy
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND?
Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
Illustration by Anne Grahame Johnstone
From A YEAR OF POETRY
To hear the tune for singing this poem, click here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-has-seen-the-wind-eleg-1

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SBWE SBS Who Has Seen the Windw chords
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND (SBWE Songbook Series)
Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this page, click here:
SBS Who Has Seen the Wind w chords

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SBWE SBS Who Has Seen the Windw no chords
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND (SBWE SBS, no chords)
Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this page, click here:
SBWE SBS Who Has Seen the Windw no chords

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Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

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Who Has Seen the Wind,” by Christina Rossetti, is a short but evocative poem about the mysterious forces in our world that we cannot see but which are keenly felt.  This poem is probably too short to get its own individual book, but it has been printed and illustrated into many anthologies of children’s poetry, including:

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Talking Like the Rain: A Read-to-Me Book of Poems
Selected by X.J. Kennedy and Dorothy M. Kennedy
Illustrated by Jane Dyer
(“Who Has Seen the Wind” is printed and illustrated on p. 71)

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A Family of Poems (My Favorite Poetry for Children)
Selected by Caroline Kennedy
Illustrated by Jon Muth
(“Who Has Seen the Wind” is printed and illustrated on p. 75)

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Who Has Seen the Wind (An Illustrated Collection of Poetry for Young Poeple from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston)
Edited by Kathryn Sky-Peck

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Who Has Seen the Wind  (by Christina Rossetti), from:

Sing a Song of Popcorn (Every Child’s Book of Poems)
Illustrated by Nine Caldecott Medal Artists
Words and Music by Various Artists
Published by Scholastic Inc., New York
ISBN 0-590-40645-0

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“Who Has Seen the Wind”
has received a few musical settings, but I’ve taken a fancy to a 34 second track by Patsy Biscoe.  The first 7 seconds are taken up by a cheesy verbal intro, but the rest of the track is a truly lovely musical setting and pretty vocal for this sweetly thought provoking poem.

http://www.patsybiscoe.com/cd02.aspx
Track 19

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You can hear a clip of this song and buy the track on i-tunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/50-favourite-nursery-rhymes/id292626146

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“Who Has Seen the Wind” was originally published in 1893, featured in Christina Rossetti’s “SING-SONG, A NURSERY RHYME BOOK”

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Sing-Song, A Nursery Rhyme Book
Poems by Christina Rossetti
Illustrated by Arthur Hughes
(This edition includes the original 120 illustrations by Arthur Hughes)

Click here to read the poems in Christina Rossetti’s book “SING-SONG, A NURSERY RHYME BOOK”
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/rossetti/singsong/singsong.html#ab

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WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND?
Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
Hear a tune for singing the poem, here:
https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-has-seen-the-wind-eleg-1

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you.
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I.
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.

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Read biographies and find the poetry of Christina Rossetti on the web:

http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/rossetti.htm

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poet.html?id=5853

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A page for the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR,
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND
SBWE Advent Calendar Who Has Seen the Wind
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND (Song Sheet by SBWE for Singable Advent Calendar)

Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
To hear the tune for singing this poem, click here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-has-seen-the-wind-eleg-1
To view or print the SBWE Singable Advent Calendar sheet for “Who Has Seen the Wind,” click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar Who Has Seen the Wind

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Who Has Seen the Wind ELEG SBWE
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND (Song Sheet by SBWE)
Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
To hear the tune for singing this poem, click here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-has-seen-the-wind-eleg-1
To view or print the SBWE Singable Poster Sheet for “Who Has Seen the Wind,” click here:
Who Has Seen the Wind ELEG SBWE

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Who Has Seen the Wind Matchitt SBWE
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND?
Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
Illustration by Marion H. Matchitt
To hear the tune for singing this poem, click here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-has-seen-the-wind-eleg-1
To view or print the SBWE Singable Poster Sheet with Illustration by Marion H. Matchitt for “Who Has Seen the Wind,” click here:
Who Has Seen the Wind Matchitt SBWE

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who has seen the wind ill. eric kincaid - smaller
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND?
Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
Illustration by Eric Kincaid
To hear the tune for singing this poem, click here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-has-seen-the-wind-eleg-1

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who has seen the wind ill. gyo fujikawa - 2
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND?
Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
Illustration by Gyo Fujikawa
To hear the tune for singing this poem, click here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-has-seen-the-wind-eleg-1

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who has seen the wind eloise wilkin
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND?
Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
Illustration by Eloise Wilkin
To hear the tune for singing this poem, click here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-has-seen-the-wind-eleg-1

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who has seen the wind (from talking like the rain) - Copy
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND
Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Jane Dyer
From Talking Like the Rain (a First Book of Poems)
To hear the tune for singing this poem, click here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-has-seen-the-wind-eleg-1

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Addendum 1/5/2014

Thanks to my guitar teacher Josh Walker and the Levine School of Music, I’m reaching a couple milestones in playing the guitar.  A while back, I found a traditional tune for WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND and wanted to sing it.  Recently, my guitar teacher helped me to come up with some chords for playing the tune and singing along so I started working on it and tweaking.

My grandmother Ethel May (I call her Gram) lives in an assisted care facility and has lost some of her faculties from a stroke she had a bit over a year ago.  Sometime last year, I began to assemble “Audio Letters” to entertain and communicate with her by using my little Olympus digital recorder to record a couple songs for each letter, plus messages, letters and memories read out loud, readings from the kids and any other audio-fun we could come up with.  This morning, I played and sang WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND for Gram into my little digital recorder and decided I liked the results, though SLOW and primitive as my skills with the guitar still are, better than the a-capella scratch recording I’d made for the tune a while back.  So I uploaded it to my SoundCloud page:


https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-has-seen-the-wind-eleg-1

And wrote out the chords for anyone else who might like to play and sing this pretty tune.  I think it’ll be quite nice when my guitar skills improve…it’s such a lovely and haunting little song.

If you’d like to play this pretty little tune on your guitar, here are some chord suggestions:

who has seen the wind eleg chords thumb
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND (ELEG’s Handwritten Chords)
Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
To hear the tune for singing this poem, click here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-has-seen-the-wind-eleg-1
To view or print the SBWE Singable Poster Sheet with Chords for “Who Has Seen the Wind,” click here:
who has seen the wind eleg chords

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Addendum 5/7/2014

I finally made a song sheet with chords printed above the words:

Who Has Seen the Wind ELEG SBWE w eleg guitar chords
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND (with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE)
Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Traditional Tune
To hear the tune for singing this poem, click here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-has-seen-the-wind-eleg-1
To view or print the SBWE Singable Poster Sheet with Chords for “Who Has Seen the Wind,” click here:
Who Has Seen the Wind ELEG SBWE w eleg guitar chords

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Some lovely musical settings of WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND?on SoundCloud.com:

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A choral rendition:
https://soundcloud.com/deisenband/who-has-seen-the-wind

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An art song rendition:
https://soundcloud.com/charlie-carlos/who-has-seen-the-wind

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Another art song setting:
https://soundcloud.com/nathanjohnsonmusik/who-has-seen-the-wind

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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WINTER

Singable Picture Books for Winter
Some of these are sung at Christmastime, but this is a list of songs about Winter that you can sing all season long!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/singable-picture-books-for-winter/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/the-sing-books-with-emily-singable-advent-calendar/

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SBWE Singable Advent Calendar: Who Has Seen the Wind
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/sbwe-advent-calendar-who-has-seen-the-wind/

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SING ALONG POSTERS FOR WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/sing-along-posters-for-who-has-seen-the-wind/

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A Song Sheet with Guitar Chords for WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/a-song-sheet-with-guitar-chords-for-who-has-seen-the-wind/

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Another Illustration for WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/another-illustration-for-who-has-seen-the-wind/

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Sing Books with Emily Songbook Series: Lullabies

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-lullabies/

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SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES HOST PAGE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-series-for-the-very-young/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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