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  • Title: Love's Labor's Lost (Quarto 1, 1598)
  • Editor: Timothy Billings

  • Copyright Timothy Billings. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Timothy Billings
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    Love's Labor's Lost (Quarto 1, 1598)


    Then nightly singes the staring Owle
    2885Tu-whit to-who.
    A merrie note,
    While greasie Ione doth keele the pot.
    When all aloude the winde doth blow,
    And coffing drownes the Parsons saw;
    2890And Birdes sit brooding in the Snow,
    And Marrians nose lookes red and raw:
    When roasted Crabbs hisse in the bowle,
    Then nightly singes the staring Owle,
    Tu-whit to-who.
    2895A merrie note,
    While greasie Ione doth keele the pot.
    The vvordes of Mercurie, are harsh after the
    songes of Apollo.
    FINIS.