Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Strixine References in Shakespeare

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Speaking of owls, here is a list of strixine references in Shakespeare. This was posted to CT-BIRDS this evening.

Her young ones in her nest, against the owl (Macbeth)
I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry (Macbeth)
Then nightly sings the staring owl, to whit (Love's Labor Lost)
The time when screech-owls cry and ban-dogs howl, (King Henry VI)
The night to the owl and morn to the lark (Cymbeline)
Whilst the screech-owl, screeching loud, (A MidsummerNight's Dream)
We talk with goblins, owls and sprites (The Comedy of Errors)
Was by a mousing owl hawk'd at and kill'd. (Macbeth)
Unless the nightly owl or fatal raven (Titus Andronicus)
To be a comrade with the wolf and owl,(King Lear)
Thou ominous and fearful owl of death, (King Henry)
The clamorous owl that nightly hoots and wonders (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Rouse the night-owl in a catch that will draw three (Twelfth Night)
Out on you, owls! nothing but songs of death? (King Richard)
Our soldiers', like the night-owl's lazy flight,(King Henry)
Let him that will a screech-owlaye be call'd, (Troilus and Cressida)
Go home to bed, and like the owl by day, (King Henry VI)
Bring forth that fatal screech-owl to our house, (King Henry)
And boding screech-owls make the concert full! (King Henry VI)

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