‘Q’ in this little verse is not just a quill but also a question mark. Where and when was the quill made into a pen? asks Lear. The setting is a three-part canon and it is almost but not quite pentatonic. sing without hurry – the most beautiful handwriting takes time after all. You can also circle dance a ‘carol’ to this if you wish. Form a circle, lead with the left foot and move with that classic pattern of steps ‘slow quick-quick slow’ (L RL R). It works I promise!