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From Deuteromelia, 1609. Recorded as still being sung in the British Army in the Napoleonic wars.

Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

Of all the brave birds that ever I see,
The owl is the fairest in her degree,
For all the day long she sits in a tree,
And when the night comes away flies she.
Te whit, Te whow, to whom drinks thou?
Sir knave to Thou.
This song is well sung, I make you a vow,
And he is a knave that drinketh now.
Nose, nose, nose, nose,
And who gave thee that jolly red nose?
Cinnamon and ginger, nutmegs and cloves,
And that gave thee thy jolly red nose.

Thomas Ravenscroft
(c.1582 - c.1635)

The Owl

(T.T.B. + reduction)

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