A painting by George Henry Boughton illustrating a scene fromÂ Shakespeare's playÂ "The Winterâ€™s Tale," Act IV. Scene II.
In this scene the character Autolycus sings:
When daffodils begin to peer,With heigh! the doxy, over the dale,Why, then comes in the sweet oâ€™ the year;For the red blood reigns in the winterâ€™s pale.
The white sheet bleaching on the hedge,With heigh! the sweet birds, O, how they sing!Doth set my pugging tooth on edge;For a quart of ale is a dish for a king.
The lark, that tirra-lirra chants,With, heigh! with, heigh! the thrush and the jay,Are summer songs for me and my aunts,While we lie tumbling in the hay.