The Roman senate, when within The city walls an owl was seen, Did cause their clergy, with lustrations * * * * The round-facd prodigy t avert, From doing town or country hurt. ButlerHudibras. Pt. II. Canto III. L. 709.
In the hollow tree, in the old gray tower, The spectral Owl doth dwell; Dull, hated, despised, in the sunshine hour, But at duskhes abroad and well! Not a bird of the forest eer mates with him All mock him outright, by day: But at night, when the woods grow still and dim, The boldest will shrink away! O, when the night falls, and roosts the fowl, Then, then, is the reign of the Horned Owl! Barry CornwallThe Owl.
When cats run home and light is come, And dew is cold upon the ground, And the far-off stream is dumb, And the whirring sail goes round, And the whirring sail goes round; Alone and warming his five wits, The white owl in the belfry sits. TennysonSong. The Owl.