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TU-WHIT, TU-WHOO, by            
First Line: A lad and lass across the grass
Last Line: Two wed, two wed, hoo, hoo.
Subject(s): Birds; Owls

A LAD and lass across the grass
With hands entwined did walk;
Her eyes so bright, his clasp so tight,
'Twere little need for talk.
As they strayed for hours mid the birds and flowers
And each new treasures spied;
Till, from a shower, to the ruined tower,
The twain for shelter hied.
And an owl so brown looked slily down,
And watched them bill and coo;
And tho' no one heard, that wicked bird
Just laughed, Too wet, to woo-o,
'Tis not too wet to woo.

The shower passed by and the summer sky
Grew bright as the maiden's eyes;
So fast time flew, the shadows grew
And stars peeped in surprise.
For by the gate, though the hour grew late,
They watched the moon's soft light;
When life's a song, it takes so long
To bid a maid good-night.
And that owl so sly, just closed one eye,
As o'er their heads he flew;
Then called aloud from the wood's dark shroud,
'Tis not too late to woo-o,
'Tis ne'er too late to woo.

From his dusky bower in the ruined tower
The owl looked wondering down,
And saw the maid, all smiles, arrayed
In a very charming gown.
The church bells rang, the children sang,
And on the village green
The maids and men did trip it then
About the bridal Queen.
But time flies fast, they leave at last
The old home for the new;
And that knowing bird was plainly heard
To laugh, two-wed, Tu whoo-o,
Two wed, Two wed, Hoo, Hoo.

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