A December page from 'The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady' by Edith Holden. The only poet called James Graham I could find was a C17 Scot - First Marquis of Montrose. Do wrens continue to sing in snow? Not sure about that
In a competition to see who should be king of the birds, the eagle flew higher and faster than all the others. But just as he was about to proclaim himself his victory, the wren, who had hidden in the eagle's feathers, popped out and flew a few inches higher, to claim the title.
Another old story explains why it was wrens that were hunted and killed.
Somewhere in the past there was a battle which was about to be won when a wren flew down and warned the opposition, by pecking on a drum, that they were about to be ambushed. The enemies are sometimes 'the English' and in other stories 'The Danes' depending on where the story was told.
Seems so odd that such a small, now much-loved bird, was so disliked in the past.