Thomas Arne
(1710 - 1778)

Arne : When icicles hang on the wall : illustration

When icicles hang on the wall
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Pub. c.1750 "The Owl. Written by Shakespear in Love's Labours Lost. It is a description of winter as the cuckoo song is of the spring."
Lyrics: William Shakespeare

When icicles hang by the wall
And Dick the shepherd blows his nail,
And Tom bears logs into the hall,
And milk comes frozen home in pail;
When blood is nipp'd and ways are foul,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
Tu-whit, tu-whoo, a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

When loud the wind doth blow
And coughing drowns the parson's saw,
And birds sit brooding in the snow,
And Marian's nose looks red and raw;
When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
Tu-whit; tu-whoo, a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.