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A Wise Old Owl

A Wise Old Owl

“A Wise Old Owl” is a old traditional rhyme from USA. It was first mentioned by John D. Rockefeller at the beginning of the 20th century. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 7734 and in The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, 2nd Ed. of 1997, as number 394. The rhyme is an improvement of a traditional nursery rhyme “There was an owl lived in an oak, wisky, wasky, weedle.”

It is a short rhyme with an important message.The owl in this nursery rhyme is believed to be a symbol of wisdom. It is a very simple rhyme to learn for children and it can a successful tool to teach children the virtue of silence.

The owl is especially associated with wisdom in Greek mythology being linked with Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom. Athens is named from the Goddess Athena and its emblem is the owl. The owl was, for many years, viewed as a sinister bird only hunting at night when only evil spirits and witches were abroad

“A Wise Old Owl” Lyrics”

A wise old owl lived in an oak.
The more he saw the less he spoke.
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?