On a Whit-sunday Morn in the Month of May.
This is the only poem in The Germ composed by John Orchard. He
sent DGR a copy on 14 January 1850, of which WMR remarked in the
PRB Journal: "[i]t is
generally good, but requires not a little revision." Presumably, it
was revised before its appearance in the final number of The Germ.
Whit-Sunday usually falls on the seventh Sunday after Easter
(May 15, 26, or 28). It is a commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit
on the day of Pentecost. "Whit" is also a variation of white, and is
used in connection with the above in the white robes worn by the
newly baptized at the feast of Pentecost.