The Merry Owlets

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There were three little owl that had slept all day
In their downy nest in a dead tree’s hollow;
Said the first: “It’s time to go out and play,
I hear the good-night of the chimney-swallow!”
“Oh no,” said the second; “the sun is high,
Who wants to be blind as a bat? — not I!”
But the third said: “Rats! we have slept enough!”
Let’s go, anyhow, and play blindman’s buff!”

Peter Newell from Harper’s Round Table, vol. XVI, no. 825, 20 August 1895, 856.

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