The website for Dr Martin Shaw OBE FRCM (1875 –1958)

"Did any beast come pushing through the thorny hedge, into the thorny, thistly world, out from Eden's edge?"

Bird or Beast?


sheet music fading out into a circle, 'andante con moto'.


14: Bird or Beast?

Recording Artists: Iain Burnside & Andrew Kennedy

This is one of many poems by Christina Rossetti which Shaw set to music.

It is dedicated To Jules, Shaw's actor brother, whome he wrote about lovingly in Up to Now.

Jules had volunteered for the army in 1915, joining the 16th Service Battalion in the Middlesex Regiment; tragically he died in 1918, two weeks before Peace was declared.



Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894), from England and Other Poems, E. Matthews, London 1909 Curwen 1917 currently out of print