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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

Sweet Suffolk Owl

Thomas Vautor (1580?–1619?)

SWEET Suffolk owl, so trimly dight

With feathers, like a lady bright,

Thou sing’st alone, sitting by night,

Te whit, te whoo!

Thy note that forth so freely rolls,

With shrill command the mouse controls,

And sings a dirge for dying souls,

Te whit, te whoo!