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Two owls in the moonlight on a Christmas card, with a quotation from Shakespeare (Love's Labour's Lost).      Date: circa 1890s
Winter’s Song

 

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 be foul,
Then nightly sings the staring-owl,
“Tu-who;
Tu-whit, tu-who!”—a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

When all aloud 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-who;
Tu-whit, tu-who!”—a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

 
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), from Love’s Labour’s Lost
Picture 10997012, Victorian Christmas card, circa 1880s