Of All the Birds

This page is part of the Ravenscroft Songbook.

Source: Thomas Ravenscroft's Deuteromelia # 7 (1609)

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Of all the 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 who, 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, no-o-o-nose,
and who gave thee that jolly red nose?
Cinamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, and cloves,
and that gave thee thy jolly red nose.

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