On the day of Christ’s crucifixion, a little bird sang to Jesus. “Svale! Svale!,” it called. That meant “Cheer up! Cheer up!” People called it the “Bird of Consolation.” From the sound of its cry they named it the swallow. The story spread that the swallow made a nest in the mud and slept through the winter there, emerging in the spring—imitating Jesus’s resurrection.

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